A portrait of Dr. Mary Bruins Allison.
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“Why I Want to Go to Arabia”: Early Medical Missionaries in the Middle East
Mary Bruins Allison graduated in 1932 from Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania. Mary had dreamed of becoming a missionary, but because she was a woman, could not become a minister. Instead, she chose to become a doctor, inspired by stories she heard at church and from her family. She studied Arabic from 1933-34 at Hartford Theological School in preparation of her missionary life. In 1934, she did her second internship at the University of Illinois at Chicago because her first internship had not included obstetrics, which she need in her career as a medical missionary in the Middle East. In 1934, Allison traveled to Kuwait to work as a doctor. She made house calls to women who were ill and eventually ran a women’s clinic. She treated women of all social classes. Allison wrote letters home, and in her later years composed a memoir about the time she spent as a medical missionary in Kuwait.
Dr. Mary Bruins Allison spent most of her life working as a medical missionary in the Middle East.
Item Number: a215_190
Physical Collection: Papers of Mary Bruins Allison, M.D., 1934-1985, ACC-215
Finding Aid: http://archives.drexelmed.edu/collect/inventories/a215_inventory.pdf
Link to OPAC Record: http://innopac.library.drexel.edu/search/c?SEARCH=ACC-215
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
Allison, Mary Bruins, 1903-
Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania--Alumni and alumnae