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Mary Putnam Jacobi 1842 ~ 1906


Mary Putnam Jacobi

Dr. Mary Putnam Jacobi was born in August, 1842, in London, England, daughter of George B. Putnam, the well-known publisher. Her parents returned to this country when she was quite young and she was educated in Philadelphia, taking a course in the Women's Medical College of that city; afterwards taking a course at the New York College of Pharmacy, being one of the first women graduates of that institution. She was the first woman to be admitted to the Ecole de Médecin in Paris and received the second prize for her thesis. On her return to America she immediately took up the work of having women students placed on the same footing with men and received on these terms in all medical societies.

In 1872 she read before the American Journal Association an able paper, the first ever given by a woman. In 1873 she married Doctor Abraham Jacobi, a distinguished physician and specialist of New York City.

After her marriage she was known by the name of Doctor Putnam-Jacobi. For many years she held the chair of therapeutics and materia medica of the Woman's College of the New York Infirmary and was afterwards professor in the New York Medical College.

Mrs. Jacobi, in 1874, founded an association for the advancement of the medical education of women and was its president for many years. She has written much on medical and scientific subjects. Doctor Putnam-Jacobi takes front rank among the women of America, as her knowledge of medicine and its allied sciences is profound and accurate and she has won a distinguished position for herself among physicians and specialists of note.

Women of America

Source: The Part Taken by Women in American History, By Mrs. John A. Logan, Published by The Perry-Nalle Publishing Company, Wilmington, Delaware, 1912.


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