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A letter from Dr. Anna Degenring to Dr. Martha Tracy, who was also the Dean of Woman’s Medical College, asking for aid in the Vellore, India, hospital and medical school.

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" “Why I Want to Go to Arabia”: Early Medical Missionaries in the Middle East "

Anna Degenring graduated from Woman’s Medical College in 1904. Anna entered Woman’s Medical College for the sole purpose of becoming a medical missionary, and her education was funded by the Woman’s Baptist Foreign Missionary Society of New Jersey. She had previously trained as a nurse. In 1906, she was sent as medical missionary to Vellore, India, by the American Baptist Board of Foreign Missions. In Vellore, she worked at the American Baptist Mission Hospital for Women and Children. The hospital began a small dispensary in 1900, set up by Dr. Ida Scudder, and by 1902, it had grown to 40-bed hospital. Degenring was also a professor at the Vellore Medical College, where she taught Indian students prevention and care of children’s diseases. She took a leave to come home and when she returned to Vellore in 1923, she became superintendent of the hospital and remained there until 1936, when she retired.

Degenring began her work at American Baptist Mission Hospital for Women and Children. In 1909, its founder, Dr. Ida Scudder, began a training program for nurses, and in 1918, she began training women doctors at the Union Mission Medical School for Women in Vellore. Degenring was a professor, and her letter to Martha Tracy emphasizes the need for not only funding for medical missions in India, but also a great need for women physicians.

Creator: Degenring, Anna

Contributor: Tracy, Martha, 1876-1942

Language: english

Item Number: a266_054

Pages: 6

Size: 12 x 19.4

Physical Collection: Records of W/MCP: Registrar 1921-1975 (ACC-266), ACC-266

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Cite this source: Title of document, date. Early Medical Missionaries in the Middle East: Why I Want to Go to Arabia. Doctor or Doctress?: Explore American history through the eyes of women physicians. The Legacy Center, Drexel University College of Medicine Archives & Special Collections. Philadelphia, PA. Date of access.

Degenring, Anna

Tracy, Martha, 1876-1942

Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania


Missionaries, Medical--India

East Indians--Medicine

Vellore (India)

Philadelphia (Pa.)