Stevenson, Sarah Hackett | The Physiology of Woman, Embracing Girlhood, Maternity and Mature Age

  • First edition, first printing of this rare women’s health guide by one of the earliest female doctors in the United States.

    Sarah Stevenson (1841-1909) “was involved in many ‘firsts’ in medicine. She was the first woman physician granted membership in the American Medical Association, the first woman on the staff of Cook County Hospital in Chicago, and the first woman appointed to the Illinois State Board of Health” (Ogilvie, Biographical Dictionary of Women in Science, p. 1233). Her first career was as a teacher, but she moved to Chicago intending to become a science writer and began studying anatomy and physiology at the Woman’s Hospital medical College of Chicago. “After beginning the medical courses, she broke up her training with a year in London at the Kensington Science School. She studied with Thomas Henry Huxley and was considered one of his brightest students. She wrote a high school text, Boys and Girls in Biology, based on his lectures. When she returned to Chicago she completed her medical degree in 1874 as class valedictorian” then travelled through Europe visiting hospitals and clinics (Ogilvie). In addition to her successful private practice, Stevenson was on the faculty of the Women’s Medical College, served as a consultant at Woman’s and Provident Hospital, and attending physician at the Mary Thompson Hospital, and was involved in the founding of the Illinois Training School for Nurses.

  • Chicago: Cushing, Thomas & Company, 1880.

    Octavo. Original green cloth, titles to spine and upper board gilt, rules to boards in black, brown coated endpapers. Cloth rubbed and marked with somed ark dampstain spots, abraded area to the lower board, spine rolled, contents shaken, occasional spotting and inky fingermarks to text. A very good copy.