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By Victor Trammell When it comes to the breakthroughs in the study of health and medicine, mainstream American historians have a habit of overshadowing the achievements of women. Black American historians are no better. Most of the messiah-type figures that continue to receive tribute on a year-round basis are men. Women get their recognition too, but if you didn’t know any better you’d think that Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and Madame C.J. Walker were the only black women that achieved a status worthy of a biography or biopic. But there are many forgotten heroes in the history of black America. One of them is Dr. Rebecca Crumpler. (pictured on medallion) Dr. Crumpler was the first documented black woman in America to receive a Doctress of Medicine degree. Rebecca Crumpler was born in Pennyslvania in the year 1833. She was primarily raised by an aunt of hers. Crumpler’s aunt was a warm-hearted care taker that was always helping her family and the people around her nurse themselves to health. As a young girl, Crumpler observed this and received much inspiration. Her aunt’s acts of kindness would inspire who the young Rebecca would become later in life. In te 1850s, Crumpler went to work in Massachusetts as nurse. She worked hard and often went the extra mile to care for her patients. Hospital administrators took notice of Crumpler’s special determination. Their recommendations helped her get accepted into the New England Female Medical College of Boston (later became part of Boston Univeristy’s medical school). In 1864, Crumpler graduated from the school and became a M.D. Dr. Crumpler founded her own practice in Boston some time after her graduation. After the Civil War, Dr. Crumpler moved her practice to Virginia in order to meet the growing medical needs of the newly freed slaves. She continued her signature hard work and dedication for the benefit of her patients. Dr. Crumpler had her own two-volume book published called A Book of Medical Discourses . Her lifetime achievements inspired many women in the years to come. Hopefully her legacy of inspiring professionally educated black women in America will live on.  

Your Black History: Profile Of Rebecca Crumpler, America’s First Black Woman To Become A M.D.

imagesBy Victor Trammell

When it comes to the breakthroughs in the study of health and medicine, mainstream American historians have a habit of overshadowing the achievements of women.

Black American historians are no better. Most of the messiah-type figures that continue to receive tribute on a year-round basis are men. Women get their recognition too, but if you didn’t know any better you’d think that Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and Madame C.J. Walker were the only black women that achieved a status worthy of a biography or biopic.

But there are many forgotten heroes in the history of black America. One of them is Dr. Rebecca Crumpler. (pictured on medallion) Dr. Crumpler was the first documented black woman in America to receive a Doctress of Medicine degree.

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  4. ITS COMMENTS STEEPED IN STUPIDITY LIKE YOURS DENISE THAT REALLY MAKE ME ANGRY. YOU KNOW BEFORE YOU READ THIS ARTICLE YOU DIDN’T KNOW WHO DR CRUMPLER WAS OR WHAT SHE DID. MUST BE TRYING TO LEARN THE LATEST RAP SONG ON YOUR MP3.
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