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The first woman medical doctor in Syria.

The first woman graduate from the College of Medicine at Damascus University.

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Dr. Laurice Maher was the first woman graduate from the College of Medicine at Damascus University in 1930 and went on to become Syria's first woman medical doctor. She was one of the few women who were able to become a doctor in Syria and spoke at a 1932 feminist conference. Maher urged women to enter the medical field because of the “necessity of women’s intervention in public schools to detect and prevent disease, such as tuberculosis." She encouraged the profession of nursing, in hospitals or as visiting nurses.

Last modified: 01/08/2019

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