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On this day in 1864, Rebecca Lee Crumpler earned a doctoral degree from New England Female Medical College in Massachusetts, the first African-American woman to do so. Crumpler’s Book of Medical Discourses is one of the earliest medical publications written by an African-American. Crumpler practiced in Boston before moving to Richmond, Virginia, after the Civil War ended in 1865, joining other Black physicians in caring for newly freed slaves.
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