Tuesday, August 20, 2019


Marker Details

Historical Marker:

Bertha Van Hoosen, M.D.

The marker is located in Chicago in the South Lobby of the Fine Arts Building at 410 South Michigan Avenue.
Dedication Date:
Dedication By:
Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy and The Illinois State Historical Society

Marker Description:
At this site on November 18, 1915, was founded the American Medical Women's Association, dedicated to the support of women physicians and women's health. As its founder and first president, Bertha Van Hoosen, M.D., demonstrated her dedication to the women's medical movement and her lifetime commitment to humanity as a physician whose compassion for people equaled her comprehension of science.

Always at the forefront of medical knowledge, Dr. Van Hoosen's involvement in medical technology included the development of "Twilight Sleep," a procedure used in natural childbirth. During her 58 years of practice in Chicago she was a lifetime learner and dedicated teacher. Her students are a tribute to her ultimate commitment to the patients and physicians in the medical profession.

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