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date: 29 March 2020

Van Hoosen, Berthalocked

(26 March 1863–07 June 1952)
  • Constance M. McGovern

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Van Hoosen, Bertha (26 March 1863–07 June 1952), surgeon, was born in Stony Creek, Michigan, the daughter of Joshua Van Hoosen, a farmer, and Sarah Ann Taylor, a teacher. She attended public schools in Pontiac, Michigan, and, upon graduation, enrolled at the University of Michigan. Van Hoosen completed the work for a bachelor of arts degree in Michigan’s literary course of study in 1884 and immediately enrolled in the medical department. Few, including her parents, supported her choice to study medicine, and to earn tuition for her medical training she took on work as an obstetrical nurse, an anatomy demonstrator, and a schoolteacher. Unhappy with the paucity of clinical experience offered by the University of Michigan, she created her own opportunities by serving as a staff doctor at the Woman’s Hospital of Detroit, the Kalamazoo State Hospital for the Insane, and the New England Hospital for Women and Children in Boston....

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