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Birth: 1842 - Death: 1906
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Mary Jacobi

Mary Putnam Jacobi empowered and inspired nineteenth century women to become physicians by raising the level of medical education for women and overcoming public doubt about women's capabilities to study and practice medicine. Jacobi was dissatisfied with the quality of medical education available to women and so, after studying abroad, she established a large private practice in New York City and taught at the New York Infirmary for Women & Children and other hospitals. Jacobi, a brilliant physician whose skills and training surpassed that of most male physicians, founded the Association for the Advancement of Medical Education of Women in 1872, serving as its president for several years. She was also an activist in the consumer and woman suffrage movement, inspiring female colleagues to excel in medicine and as citizens.
Additional Sources:
Pycior, Helena Mary, Nance G. Slack, and Pnina G. Abir-Am, editors. Creative Couples in the Sciences. New Brunswick, New Jersey: Rutgers University Press, c1996. NOTES: ""Lives of women in science"" series. Includes bibliographical references (p.[289]-347) and index.

Truax, Rhoda The Doctors Jacobi. Boston: Little, Brown, 1952.

Wells, Susan Out of the Dead House: Nineteenth-Century Women Physicians and the writing of medicine. Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2001.

Edited by: Ruth Putnam. Life and Letters of Mary Putnam Jacobi. New York; London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1925.

The Value of Life New York: Putnam, 1879.

Essays on Hysteria, Brina-Tumor, and Some Other Cases of Nervous Disease. New York: Putnam, 1888.

Physiological Notes on Primary Education and Study of Language New York; London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1889.

""Common Sense"" Applied to Woman Suffrage. New York; London: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1894.

Found and Lost New York; London: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1894.

Papers 1851-1906, 1923, 1 box. Radcliffe College, The Arthur & Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America. Cambridge, Massachusetts.