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Pioneers in the Face of Adversity "The Mob of '69"

Sarah Hibbard graduated from the Woman's Medical College in 1870.

Hibbard was one of the female medical students who attended a clinical lecture at Pennsylvania Hospital in November 1869 and was met with harassment and “jeering” by the hundreds of male medical students in attendance.  In her diary, she wrote about how the incident, and the public and press response to it, had a lasting effect on the female students.

Item Number: ahc1indiv_001

Pages: 1

Size: 18.1X22.7

Physical Collection: Papers of Sarah A. Hibbard, M.D. n.d. (ACC-189)

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Cite this source: Title of document, date. Pioneers in the Face of Adversity: The Mob of ‘69. 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.

Hibbard, Sarah A.

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