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Kate Hurd-Mead, international medical woman and historian of medicine

Kate Campbell Hurd Mead (1867-1941) is known today primarily as a historian of medicine -- the author of an ambitious pioneer history of women in medicine from prehistory to the early nineteenth century, published in 1938. She became fully engaged in the project of putting women into medical history late in life, in 1925. Before then, she had been engaged in her own medical practice, her volunteer work for public health and charity causes, and serving as a leader of women's medical organizations at the local, state, national, and international levels. Hurd-Mead sought to become part of the nascent community of historians of medicine, led by Karl Sudhoff in Germany and by William Henry Welch and Henry Sigerist in the United States, but her primary identity remained that of "medical woman", the term women physicians used to refer to themselves
DVD Video, English, 2008
The Hannah Chair of the History of Medicine, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, 2008