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March 21, 2001

EducationA New and Untried Course: Woman's Medical College and Medical College of Pennsylvania, 1850-1998

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Harriet S.MeyerMD, Contributing EditorDavid H.MorseMS, Journal Review EditorRobertHoganMD, adviser for new media


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JAMA. 2001;285(11):1515-1516. doi:10.1001/jama.285.11.1515-JBK0321-3-1

Uniqueness is always intriguing. In this book, Steven Peitzman recounts the history of a one-of-a-kind place, the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania. This story is rich with meaning for today; as we encourage young girls to explore science and consider career possibilities, it can be shocking to realize exactly how hard women of previous decades struggled to break into the medical profession. Over the years, the Women's Medical College (WMC) gave hundreds of determined women the education and support they needed to become doctors, opportunity otherwise out of reach for many.

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