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Obstet Gynecol. 1989 Dec;74(6):960-1.

Peseshet--the first female physician?

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American Research Center, Cairo, Egypt.

Abstract

Excavation of the tomb of Akhet-Hetep at Giza revealed a monument dedicated to his mother Peseshet, who is identified by many important titles including "Overseer of Women Physicians." She is probably the world's earliest known woman physician. She practiced at the time of the building of the great pyramids in Egypt, about 2500 BC.

PMID:
2685681
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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