Dr. Sara Josephine Baker, a well accomplished physician from the late 1800′s to the early 1900′s.
On November 15, 1873 Sara Josephine Baker was born into a well off Quaker family in Poughkeepsie, New York. When Baker was 16 her father passed away from typhoid, which drove her to want to go into the medical field. This was also fueled by wanting to support her family financially.
Baker studied both chemistry and and biology before enrolling at New York Infirmary Medical College, a medical school for women. She graduated in 1898 and began interning at the New England Hospital for Women and Children. After her internship she focused on becoming a practiced physician and in 1901 she passed the civil service exam which certified her to be medical inspector at the Department of Health.
While there is not a lot of information about Baker’s personal life she spent much of her time later in life was spent living with Ida Alexa Ross Wylie who identified as a “woman-oriented woman.” After Baker retired she began writing an autobiography called Fighting For Life. Along with writing the book she also began to the one who ran the house and in 1935 the couple moved to Princeton, New Jersey along with their friend Louise Pearce.
You can buy Baker’s book HERE
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