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Spotlight on AMWA's Founder - Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen

Sixty-four years ago, the Associated Press published an article about Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen.
An 86 year old Illinois woman surgeon made the plane for her European vacation today despite a last minute schedule of six operations in a week.

"It never fails to happen," said Dr. Bertha Van Hoosen of Chicago. "Everytime I'm about to go on a trip, they all seem to want to be operated on."

The author of Petticoat Surgeon, Dr. Van Hoosen said she was proud of the increased number of women in the medical profession. She said she herself still operates 'pretty nearly every day.'

Also aboard the plane with Dr. Van Hoosen were Miss Helen Taylor, of Chicago, a portrait painter, and Mrs. Claressa Merritt, of Peoria, Ill., now studying medicine in Philadelphia. Dr. Van Hoosen, who was in attendance at the birth of both women, said: "It is best to travel with people you really know." more


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