Encyclopedia of Greater Philadelphia

City of Medicine

Dissecting Room

This posed photograph of the dissection laboratory of the Woman’s Medical College of Pennsylvania (WMCP) from the 1910 yearbook conveyed the reassuring idea that the study of medicine, even anatomy, could be orderly and lady-like. The opening of Quaker-supported WMCP in 1850 and founding of Woman’s Hospital of Philadelphia (1861) made Philadelphia the home of many early women physicians and surgeons. (Legacy Center Archives, Drexel University College of Medicine)

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