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Samuel Gregory
(19 Apr 1813 - 23 Mar 1872)

American physician and medical educator who disapproved of male doctors as midwives, and opened the Boston Female Medical School in 1848. At a time when orthodox medical schools in the United States were hostile to the idea of educating women, Gregory's institution was the first medical school exclusively for women in the world.


Science Quotes by Samuel Gregory (2 quotes)

The introduction of men into the lying in chamber in place of female attendants, has increased the suffering and dangers of childbearing women, and brought multiplied injuries and fatalities upon mothers and children; it violates the sensitive feelings of husbands and wives and causes an untold amount of domestic misery. The unlimited intimacy between a male profession and the female population silently and effectually wears away female delicacy and professional morality, and tends probably more than any other cause in existence, to undermine the foundation of public virtue.
— Samuel Gregory
Man-midwifery Exposed and Corrected (1848) quoted in The Male Midwife and the Female Doctor: The Gynecology Controversy in Nineteenth Century America Charles Rosenburg and Carroll Rovenberg Smith (Editors) publ. Arno, 1974.
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… man-midwifery, with other “indecencies,” is a great system of fashionable prostitution; a primary school of infamy—as the fashionable hotel and parlor wine glass qualify candidates for the two-penny grog-shop and the gutter.
— Samuel Gregory
Man-midwifery Exposed and Corrected (1848)
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