Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler

Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler
Posted on 02/26/2021
Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler

Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler was the first black female physician in the United States. After working as a nurse, she was admitted to the New England Female Medical College in 1864. After her M.D., Crumpler worked in poor communities in Richmond, Virginia and Boston, Massachusetts aiding those who had little access to medical care. She published the widely renowned medical text Book of Medical Discourses in Two Parts in 1883, which is believed to be the first textbook authored by a black academic.



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