A photograph showing Dr. Anna Degenring working in camp in Vellore, India.
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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.
Medical missionaries often worked with few supplies in less-than-ideal locations. This photograph illustrates the difficult circumstances the missionaries sometimes had to work in.
Item Number: a069_014
Physical Collection: Papers of Missionaries, 1915-1972, ACC-069
Finding Aid: http://archives.drexelmed.edu/collect/inventories/a069_inventory.pdf
Link to OPAC Record: http://innopac.library.drexel.edu/search/c?SEARCH=ACC-069
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. http://lcdc.library.drexel.edu/islandora/object/islandora:1862
Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania -- Alumni and alumnae
Women in missionary work