November 1st 1848:
On this day in 1848, the first medical school for Women opened in Boston.
The Boston Female Medical School which was founded by Samuel Gregory with only twelve students ready to start. However, in 1874 the school merged with the Boston University School of Medicine and became one of the first co-ed medical schools ever.
It is facts like this that keep me so interested in the history of medicine. I never thought I would find anything like this interesting till I took my History of Medicine Module at University. It fascinated me so much that within my dissertation I looked into female work and how the female body was objectified as “wrong” by men within the 17th century, due to female genitalia being described as “inverted” to the male genitalia.
Over-all, the world of medicine was always seen as a male dominated area. However, with the role of Midwifery women were and always have been the only ones who are capable of properly fulfilling this role due to having a much better understanding of the female body itself. I hope to extend on this knowledge a lot more when I go back into education next September, 2017, to do my Masters Degree at Hull University.
With love, Charlotte x