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Florence Sabin

Doctor of Medicine (1871-1953)

After her mother died, Florence and her sister grew up in boarding schools. Florence wanted to be a doctor, and taught for two years in order to pay her way through medical school. When Florence was a medical student, she discovered many things about the human lymph system, using microscopes. Her discoveries helped people to better understand the human body. Florence was the first woman professor at Johns Hopkins Medical School, the first researcher at the Rockefeller Institute, the first woman president of the American Association of Anatomists, and the first woman member of the National Academy of Sciences. Even after Dr. Sabin retired, she helped to make health laws in the state of Colorado. In her honor, Colorado selected Florence to represent the state in the Statuary Hall in the Capitol, Washington, D.C.

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Information adapted from History of Women in Science for Young People by Vivian Sheldon Epstein.