Biography of Gertrude A. Farwell
Orleans County, NY Biographies





Farwell, Gertrude A., second daughter of the late Eldredge Farwell, Jr., matriculated at the "The Woman's Medical College of the New York Infirmary" (a college second only to Harvard in establishing a four years' graded course of study), in October, 1874, and was graduated May 27, 1878, receiving one of the two honors given her class. Besides the final examination given students by the college faculty a second is compussory from men ranking high in the profession. This gave her a second diploma, bearing the names of Willard Parker. M.D., Austin Flint, Sr. M.D., Alfred L. Loomis, M.D., Stephen Smith, M.D., Isaac E. Taylor, M.D., Charles F. Chandler, Ph.D., M.D., B. W. McCready, M.D., E. H. Janes, M.D. During her junior year of study she received the appointment of assistant in the New York Infant Asylum, where, as resident fifteen months, she received unlimited practical instruction in obstetrics. At graduation she was made interne at the New York Infirmary for Women and Children, accessory to this year's work. She spent three months on the continent visiting hospitals in Paris, Vienna, Zurich, Geneva, Dresden, Munich, Bamburg, on her return to America she was urged to accept a position in the State Hospital, Pontiac, Mich., with the promise that a good salary would soon be increased, but declined in favor of general practice in which she was established in New York city January, 1880, where she was instructor to the chair of practice, Woman's Medical College of the New York Infirmary (her cousin, the late E. Darwin Hudson, professor), assistant to practice clinic, conducted a children's clinic five days in the week at the same institution, visiting physician to the I. T. H. Home, and in 1882, when the New York Post Graduate Medical School and Hospital selected its faculty, was made assistant clinician to the department of pediatrics. The opening of this pioneer school gave opportunity for three years of post graduate study. She retained all of these positions until October, 1885, when she temporarily went to Holley. Here she had a large clientelage, expecting each year to return to New York; she however, remained until September, 1890, when being proffered the professorship of physiology and hygiene and resident physician at Vassar College. Poughkeepsie, N. Y., she accepted the same, filling the chair until September, 1892, when she returned to Holley, where she has a large practice, During the winters of 1880-81, 1881-82, 1882-83, 1883-84, 1884-85, she gave courses of lectures before the V. M. C. A. and other organizations. She is a member of the New York County Medical Society.

From:
Landmarks of Orleans County, New York
Edited by: Hon. Isaac C. Signor
Assisted by: H. P. Smith and others
D. Mason & Co., Publishers
Syracuse, N. Y. 1894


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