Mary Edwards Walker MD

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                                 Mary Edwards Walker MD and The Civil War

                                                               by Mercedes Graf

Mary Edwards Walker was born in Oswego, NY in 1832. The fifth daughter of Alvah and Vesta Whitcomb Walker, she was encouraged by her parents to pursue knowledge. Her sisters all became teachers, but Mary enrolled at the eclectic Syracuse Medical College (unaffiliated with Syracuse University College of Medicine, which did not open until 1872). She completed her doctor of medicine degree in 1855, a mere six years after Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to earn an MD,  graduated from Geneva College of Medicine (the Geneva College of Medicine was sold to Syracuse University in 1872). Dr. Walker married a physician named Albert Miller and began a private practice in Rome, NY.

 

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