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Bertha Van Hoosen

Woman’s Medical School, 1893-1901
Bertha Van Hoosen

Bertha Van Hoosen began her career at the Women’s Medical School of Northwestern University first as a clinical assistant to the chair of obstetrics from 1893-1895. She then worked as an instructor of embryology from 1895-1897 before her promotion to professor in 1897. Dr. Van Hoosen was a founder of the Medical Women’s National Association (now the American Medical Women’s Association). She wrote about her experience as a female scientist in her 1947 autobiography “Petticoat Surgeon.”

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