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March 31, 1894

In Opposition to Woman Doctors in Insane Asylums.

JAMA. 1894;XXII(13):479-480. doi:10.1001/jama.1894.02420920035010

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Richmond, Va., March 19, 1894.

To the Editor:  —You refer in a late issue to the contest in our late Legislature on the "Woman Doctor Bill." Two years ago the lower House passed a bill unanimously compelling the Board of Directors of each insane asylum to put one woman doctor in office for each institution. This bill was defeated in the Senate, though every newspaper in this city and many in the country were heartily in favor of it. We had it " hot and heavy" in the newspapers. Men and women abused me pretty roundly for my opposition. I think I wrote a dozen letters in the papers against it. The asylum influence was very great against it, and but for this help I would have been badly whipped. In the last two years I have given this subject a great deal of thought and observation, wrote my pamphlet on

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