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A small, handwritten booklet from the class of 1896, by Laura Heath Hills, containing anecdotes about her classmates.

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"“I’ve finished the eye and I’m up on my ear”: A Female Medical Student’s Life "

Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania did not publish official yearbooks until the mid-20th century, although student newsletters and magazines were published.  Laura Heath Hills and the rest of the Class of 1896 did not have a newsletter or magazine, so as Class Historian, Dr. Hills composed a book of memories about each of her classmates.

The souvenir book acts as an early version of a yearbook.  It gives the reader an idea of how the students viewed their education at Woman’s Medical College.

Creator: Hills, Laura Heath

Language: english

Item Number: a126_007

Pages: 20

Size: 11.3x17.4cm

Physical Collection: Papers of Laura Heath Hills, M.D., 1892-1949, ACC-126

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Cite this source: Title of document, date. A Female Medical Student’s Life: I’ve finished the eye and I’m up on my ear. 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.

Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania--Students

Women medical students--Social life and customs

Philadelphia (Pa.)