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date: 15 December 2019

Dimock, Susanlocked

(24 April 1847–07 May 1875)
  • Thomas Neville Bonner

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Dimock, Susan (24 April 1847–07 May 1875), physician and surgeon, was born in Washington, North Carolina, the daughter of Henry Dimock and Mary Malvina Owens. Her father, the son of a physician, was the editor of a small newspaper, while her mother, a strong influence in Dimock’s life, taught her at home and in a private school that she had organized. At age thirteen Dimock entered the Washington Academy, where she studied Latin and became interested in medicine. A family physician loaned her books and took her on house calls. The Civil War interrupted her studies when Washington became occupied by Union troops, forcing townspeople to evacuate. Her father died during the occupation, and with her mother, she traveled north to live with relatives in Sterling, Massachusetts. There she befriended Elizabeth Greene, the daughter of Colonel W. B. Greene, a wealthy Boston reformer. While teaching in a local school, Dimock became acquainted through Greene with Dr. ...

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