Britain's First Woman Doctor

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Most historians could tell you about Britain’s first woman doctor, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson. With her determination and courage to challenge the medical profession she carved the way for many women in the medical field. But what many historians don’t know is the facts and story behind whom was actually the truly first woman doctor of England. Dr. “James” Barry enjoyed a high reputation as a skilled surgeon for over fifty years. The following …

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…only way available in her lifetime, by assuming the outward trappings of the male sex, all the more credit to her courage and pertinacity. A wonderful performance… One has to wonder how life would have been like had “Dr. Barry” been discovered. The course of women history could have changed drastically. “Dr Barry” proved that allowing women to be educated in the field of medicine was not a disadvantage, but in fact, a privilege indeed.