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Rebecca Lee Crumpler

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Angel Johnson

on 11 December 2012

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Personal Life Education Career By Angel Johnson On February 8, 1831, Rebecca was born to Absolum Davis and Matilda Webber in Delaware. She was raised in Pennsylvania by an aunt who spent much of her time caring for sick neighbors. In 1852, before she applied to medical school, Rebecca moved to Charlestown, Massachusetts. She worked there as a nurse for the next eight years. Because the first school for nursing didn't open until 1873, she worked without any formal training. The First African American Female Doctor Few details about Crumpler's life are known. Many of the known details come from her book, A Book of Medical Discourses, one of the first known medical publications by an African American. Her aunt was mostly likely a major influence on Crumpler's career choice. In 1860, she was admitted to the New England Female Medical College. Four years later,she graduated with an MD, 17 years after the first African American graduated from a U.S. Medical school Rebecca Lee Crumpler After earning her MD and the end of the civil war, Rebecca moved to Richmond, Virginia to practice medicine. Crumpler worked with other black physicians, treating freed slaves. Because of the severe racism in the south, these patients would not otherwise have had access to medical care. She returned to Boston, practicing medicine there in the black community until 1881. “Receiving children in the house for treatment; regardless, in a measure, of remuneration," she treated patients even if they couldn't pay. She stated in her book that “I early conceived a liking for, and sought every opportunity to relieve the sufferings of others.” "It was a significant achievement at the time because she was in the first generation of women of color to break into medical school, fight racism and sexism," said Manon Parry, curator at the National Library of Medicine's History of Medicine Division. But before moving back to boston, Rebecca married another black physician named Arthur Crumpler; the couple had no children. Rebecca Crumpler died in Hyde Park, Massachusetts in 1895 at 64 years old Rebecca Lee Crumpler is definitely famous, rather than notorious. She was the first black female to graduate from medical school and was among the first women (black or white) to do so. Most importantly, she helped countless numbers of people, especially freed slaves, regardless of their ability to pay. Bibliography http://www.nlm.nih.gov/changingthefaceofmedicine/physicians/biography_73.html
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