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Anandibai Gopalrao Joshi

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Anandibai Gopalrao Joshi

Born: 31 March 1865

Died: 26 February 1887

  • She  was one of the earliest Indian female physicians.
  • She was the first woman from the erstwhile Bombay presidency of India to study and graduate with a two-year degree in western medicine in the United States.
  • She was also been referred as Anandibai Joshi and Anandi Gopal Joshi where Gopal came from Gopalrao which is her husband’s first name.
  • She is referred as the first lady doctor of India.
  • In late 1886, she returned to India, receiving a grand welcome.
  • The princely state of Kolhapur appointed her as the physician-in-charge of the female ward of the local Albert Edward Hospital.
  • She died of tuberculosis early the next year on 26 February 1887 before turning 22.
  • Her death was mourned throughout India.
  • Her ashes were sent to Theodicia Carpenter, who placed them in her family cemetery at the Poughkeepsie Rural Cemetery in Poughkeepsie, New York.
  • The inscription states that she was a Hindu Brahmin girl, the first Indian woman to receive education abroad and to obtain a medical degree.

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