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July 5, 1941

Mine Eyes Have Seen: A Woman Doctor's Saga

JAMA. 1941;117(1):76. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820270076034

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The author, Alfreda Withington, was one of the pioneer woman physicians in this country, having matriculated at the Woman's Medical College of the New York Infirmary in 1883. After graduation she traveled in Europe, studying in Vienna, Prague and other medical centers, and then located at Pittsfield, Mass., where she practiced for many years. In 1907 she went to Labrador to assist Sir Wilfred Grenfell for a season in his humanitarian work among the fishermen, then to return to Pittsfield. She became interested in the American Red Cross and, during the first World War, applied in 1917 for permission to serve with the Red Cross abroad. Returning to Pittsfield in 1921 with the vivid experience of war, she found it difficult to carry on in the previous ways. An advertisement in The Journal called for a woman doctor for settlement work in the Kentucky mountains, all calls to be made

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