Mary Putnam Jacobi
Mary Putnam Jacobi, M.D., 1864 graduate of Woman’s Med, was a gifted physician and scientist who worked to dispel the myth that women’s bodies were not capable of regular, rigorous work.
Photograph of Jacobi, undated.
Jacobi’s 1864 thesis is one of two Woman’s Med theses written in Latin.
Jacobi’s prize-winning essay refuted earlier notions that physical and intellectual activity deprived women’s “reproductive system of vital force.” Essay featured in Jacobi’s 1877 book.