Muthulakshmi: India's first woman doctor had a heart of gold ~ India Positive

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Muthulakshmi: India's first woman doctor had a heart of gold

Muthulakshmi was the first woman doctor in India. She had earlier been advised not to appear for the very difficult M.B and C.M. course but she had prevailed and shocked everyone by getting the 100 per cent result in surgery and most of the merit medals and prizes of that year. This was at a time when some professors did not even allow women to sit in their class. They would ask junior lecturers to take classes for girls separately.

She later became active in the social arena and was the prime mover behind the legislation that abolished the system of dedicating young girls to temples (devadasi) and played a role in raising the minimum marriage age for women.

She founded the Cancer Institute (WIA) in Madras and Avvai Home, the first institute in Madras to admit and educate poor and destitute girls with no caste bias.

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12 comments:

shashank said...

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Anonymous said...

With all due respect to Dr. Muthulakshmi, please note that the first Indian woman doctor was Dr. Anandibai Joshi back in 1886.

pradeep said...

as far as i know, anandibai joshi could not accomplish her goal of becoming a doctor since she died of TB before she could complete her studies.

Anonymous said...

anandibai joshi completed her medical studies.You can find information here.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anandi_Gopal_Joshi

pradeep said...

thanx, dear, for directing me to wikipedia; though, i should have known better. thanx once again.

Aditya M said...

Anandi Gopal Joshi (or Anandibai Joshi) (March 31, 1865 - February 26, 1887) was one of the two first Indian women to obtain a medical degree through training in Western medicine. (Kadambini Ganguly earned a medical degree the same year, 1886, as Anandibai.)

Anonymous said...

Ya, Anandi was the first to receive the degree but she could not make use of it due to her early and untimely death...

pramodx said...

Probably Muthulakshmi was the first to earn the degree in India cos Anandibai earned it in the US.

Anonymous said...

Kadambini Ganguly was the first Indian lady to earn a medical degree from AN INDIAN UNI in 1886,the same year as Anandibai Joshi.She was also the first female graduate from anIndian University.

Ranjini Dasgupta said...

No, Kadambini Ganguly received her degree from Calcutta Medical College in 1886. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kadambini_Ganguly

Don't understand why, Anandibai had to go to the US to get her degree, while Kadambini, who studied at the same time while living in the same city as Anandibai, could go to Calcutta Medical College.

Anonymous said...

they got the degrees but not were successful doctors but Muthulakshmi was a successful doctor also

Mahesh Joshi said...

Someone above said "they got the degrees but were not successful"

What is success here?
Earning Money? Earning Fame?....

I say they were successful.
Successful enough to set example for generations to come.
Successful enough to inspire women for higher education


(Please remember 188x is the era when in india education for women was not well accepted in society. Learning English was treated as committing SIN paap even for men)