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Part 1 – Inspirational Women in Medicine: Celebrating Women’s History Month

In celebration of Women’s History Month, Dana Medical Library is sharing empowering stories of inspirational women in medicine starting with Rebecca Davis Lee Crumpler.

Rebecca Davis Lee Crumpler was the first African American woman in the United States to earn an M.D. degree and in the process challenged the prejudice that prevented African Americans from pursuing careers in medicine.

Born in Delaware in 1831, Rebecca Davis Lee Crumpler was raised by an aunt who spent much of her time caring for sick neighbors which influenced Crumpler’s career path. She worked as a nurse for 8 years before being accepted to the New England Female Medical College in 1860.

Graduating in 1864, she first practiced medicine in Boston, Massachusetts. However, after the Civil War ended, she saw a great need for medical services in the postwar South. Crumpler based herself in Richmond, Virginia and took part in missionary work providing urgent medical care to freed slaves. She worked in Richmond for many years before returning to Boston later in life.

The little that we do know about Crumpler is learned from the introduction of her book published in 1883 titled A Book of Medical Discourses where you can read about her remarkable achievements as a physician and medical writer.

If you have any suggestions for an inspirational woman in medical history for the Dana Medical Library blog please contact: Robin Katrick at the following email address: rkatrick@uvm.edu

Library to Create Digital Images of Historic Instrument Collection

Doctor kits

Dana Medical Library has received a contract to create digitized images of a portion of its historical Medical Instrument Collection. This collection includes 19th and 20th century medical kits and instruments that were used in rural Vermont. The contract will fund the creation of images for 223 individual instruments and 36 kits. The award will provide funding to process the images of the instruments along with information about these unique items. The collection will be available on the UVM Scholar Works website in April 2015, joining the College of Medicine Yearbook and Catalog collections. For further information contact Donna O’Malley, MLS, PI at Donna.OMalley@uvm.edu. and Sarah McGlynn, PC, MLS at Sarah.McGlynn@uvm.edu.