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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Quackery in 1838

Elizabeth Mott didn't care that there were no medical schools that would allow women to attend. She went ahead and became a doctor by teaching herself and learning from her doctor husband. Most doctors in 1838 were old-school fuddy-duddies who dismissed this female physician as somewhere between a quack and a kook. So it should come as no surprise that she didn't think much of them, either. She ignored their taunts and ridicule and wore their accusation of being a quack as a badge of honor:
Everything differing from the old school is termed quackery? What is quackery, then, but improvement?
You go, girl.

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