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March 4, 1939

Dr. Ida: India. The Life Story of Ida S. Scudder, M.D., B.Sc., F.A.C.S., K.i.H., President, Medical College for Women, Vellore, India

JAMA. 1939;112(9):875. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800090085034

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American physicians who are inclined to feel pessimistic should read this story of their valiant colleague in Vellore, India. Dr. Ida Scudder, daughter and granddaughter of medical missionaries, decided there had been enough Scudders on the mission field and she was going to remain in America after her schooling was finished. Even when her mother became ill and she had to return to India to assist her father in the mission in remote Tindavanum she went as a short-term missionary. It was while there that she experienced the heart-breaking experience which changed the course of her life. Three times in one night she heard Indian men refuse her father's services for their child wives in desperate labor, and the next morning she watched the funerals of the three girls as they passed the Scudder home. It was after a day of "much thought and prayer" that she made her decision

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