Now you might think that a woman was the one who pushed for this momentous event, but you would be wrong. It was Samuel Gregory who recognized the need. Why? Because he did not agree with male doctors attending females in childbirth. You might think this archaic, but I understand and appreciate his view. I gave birth at home with a midwife. The only man in the room was my then-husband. While I would have been all right with a male doctor, if the truth be known, I still prefer a female examining me down there.
For 26 years, it operated on its own--it was renamed New England Female Medical College. It was the year after Samuel Gregory's death when it merged with Boston Medical University, thus becoming the first coed medical school worldwide.
Although this did not happen on this date in history, let me cover one very notable student from this school.
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