5 Facts About the First Black Female Physician, Dr. Rebecca Lee Crumpler




Crumpler’s lasting legacy is her medical journal, the Book of Medical Discourses, published in 1883. This journal details some of her experiences and it provides a perfect example of what it was like for other Black physicians. Here’s an excerpt detailing her work in the South:

“During my stay there nearly every hour was improved in that sphere of labor. The last quarter of the year 1866, I was enabled . . . to have access each day to a very large number of the indigent, and others of different classes, in a population of over 30,000 colored.”