A letter from Dr. Anna Degenring to Dr. Martha Tracy, who was also the Dean of Woman’s Medical College, asking for aid in the Vellore, India, hospital and medical school.
Why It Matters
Degenring began her work at American Baptist Mission Hospital for Women and Children. In 1909, its founder, Dr. Ida Scudder, began a training program for nurses, and in 1918, she began training women doctors at the Union Mission Medical School for Women in Vellore. Degenring was a professor, and her letter to Martha Tracy emphasizes the need for not only funding for medical missions in India, but also a great need for women physicians.
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Analyze this evidence
- As a professor, Degenring taught Indian women the prevention and care of children’s diseases. Why does she feel it was important to train Indian women as doctors?
- What are some of the difficulties faced by women working as doctors or studying to become doctors in India?
- Why is Degenring writing to Martha Tracy at Woman’s Medical College for help? What kind of help is she asking for? Who else has helped the women doctors in India?