This article and video was created to honour Dr Clemence Sophia Lozier on International Women’s Day.
Dr Clemence Sophia Lozier, MD, was one of the earliest women who practiced medicine.
During the mid-1800s in the USA, medicine was a field dominated by men. As an example of the challenges women who wanted to study faced, male students and professors would greet women who attended colleges with hisses and jeers. At one stage, women required police escorts to attend clinics! Dr Lozier had to fight for the right to attend medical school, and the persecution she and other women endured, likely led her to the gentle community of Homeopaths.
In 1863, Dr Lozier opened the New York Medical College and Hospital for Women – the first homeopathic medical school for women.
Trailblazing in many ways, this was also the first hospital to offer a course in hygiene (establishment and maintenance of health) and preventative medicine.
The college started small, opening with a small class of 7 students – and during the 25 years in which she was able to track the results of of the college, 219 women graduated and settled in practice. The college came to be known and recognised as honourably as any other in the USA.
The hospital cared for 200 patients annually, and the dispensary served the needs of nearly 2,000 each year.
Dr Lozier was sympathetic to African-Americans and hosted antislavery meetings in her home, and as a result many African Americans trained as homeopaths at this time.