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Re: Susan Hayhurst,Pharmacist
Posted by: Louise Anderson (ID *****4664) Date: July 24, 2002 at 19:27:46
In Reply to: Susan Hayhurst,Pharmacist by Charmarie Blaisdell of 723

I have a copy out of a book my brother sent me a few years back it contains the following:


Among the 150 Students graduated from the Philadelphia college of Pharmacy on March 16, 1883, was a woman. the large commencement audience applauded her achievement. For not only was she the first woman Ph.C. in this country, but she also was a pioneer woman physician. At 54, Susan Hayhurst, M.D. entered the pharmacy college to enlarge her usefulness as head of the dispensary of Woman's Medical College Hospital.

In 1857, when she was graduated from medical college with its fifth class, no applause greeted her of her nine classmates. In fact, there was such prejudice against female doctors that a contemporary account lauds the bravery of the few friends and relatives who dared attend the ceremony, where hoodlums hissed and catcalled.

Born in Bucks County on December 25, 1829, Susan was the second of eight children in a Quaker family. Most of her schooling was in Wilmington Delaware where she did very well in mathematics. She became a teacher and a surveyor following her father's both professions. Her first enrollment at medical college was for courses in chemistry and physiology, which she intedned to teach her pupils. Soon she changed to the full medical course. But after graduation, probably because there were no openings for female physicians, she became principal of a Friends school at 4th and Green, and then headed her own school before she returned to the staff of the medical college.

I do not have anything further on her at this time but with the birthdate and location above you will probably be able to identify her.

Hope this helps.

Louise Anderson

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