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Women were first admitted to the study of medicine in Turkey in 1922. The first class of women was graduated from the Turkish Medical School in 1927, though some years ago several Turkish women took their degrees in European universities and are now practicing. At present there are more than fifty women students. The national assembly has recently passed a law by which women physicians are exempt from obligatory governmental medical service for the next ten years, owing to difficult roads, unsatisfactory living conditions and other professional hardships still prevailing in distant provinces. It is hoped that this measure will induce more women in the future to enter the medical profession. Of the first ten new graduates, some have taken internships, some are in maternity and child welfare work, and some are engaged in private practice.
In recent years, alarming reports on the infant mortality rate
TURKEY. JAMA. 1928;91(6):410-411. doi:10.1001/jama.1928.02700060044022