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History Lessons by Jonathan Gifford

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ELIZABETH GARRETT ANDERSON

(1836–1917)

Elizabeth Garrett (Anderson was her married name) had no intention of being a leader, but she did have to take the offensive. She wanted a career, and she chose medicine, although even her dauntless spirit might have faltered if she had known just how many obstacles, over how long a period of time, would be strewn in her path by the male medical establishment.

Garrett became the first woman to have her name entered on the medical register and the first woman doctor to open a practice; the first European woman to gain a doctorate in medicine (from Paris); the first woman to become a member of the British Medical Association; the first woman member of the London School Board; the first female Dean of a medical ...

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