Abstract

In 1893, Dr. Mary Eddy, an American Protestant missionary with the Presbyterian-run Syria Mission (based in what is present-day Lebanon), became the first woman to obtain a license to practice medicine in the Ottoman Empire. The daughter of missionaries and brought up in Syria, Dr. Eddy spent much of her adult life roaming the countryside of Greater Syria, alternately curing poor villagers' ills and praying for their souls. This article examines the life of Dr. Mary Eddy, exploring questions about the tensions and intersections between history, biography, and transnationalism that confront the historian when writing about the life of a transnational individual.

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-2036
Print ISSN
1042-7961
Pages
pp. 108-130
Launched on MUSE
2009-09-11
Open Access
No
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