Today in 1875: Harriet Kezia Hunt dies at age 69 in Boston. The most famous female “irregular” medical practitioner who couldn’t or wouldn’t get a medical degree, Hunt urged women into the profession as the surest way to preserve the modesty of female patients. She was finally admitted to Harvard’s medical school after years of applying, but was forced to withdraw when male students rioted in protest.
A rebel in every facet of her life, she fought to abolish slavery, advocated higher education for women, and supported payment for housework and child rearing. For 20 years, Hunt registered a formal ‘Taxation without Representation’ protest when she paid her taxes. Her clinical work rejected the established practice of heavily dosing patients with medications, and instead stressed proper diet, exercise and hygiene.
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