First Woman Eye Surgeon and Prison Reform Activist
Image: Dr. Bella Chapin Barrows
Credit: Hartland Historical Society
Dr. Bella Chapin Barrows accomplished many firsts in her 68 years of life. She was the first woman employed by the U.S. State Department, first woman to have a private medical practice in Washington DC, first woman ophthalmologist (a specialist in eye ailments) in the United States, first woman eye surgeon, and first woman professor at a medical school …Read More...