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“A” is for Allan, Sarah Campbell [1861-1954]

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“A” is for Allan, Sarah Campbell [1861-1954]. Physician. After her application to the Medical College of South Carolina was rejected because she was female, Allan entered the Women’s Medical College of the New York Infirmary for Women and Children. Following graduation, she spent a short time as resident physician at a Baltimore sanitarium. Returning to South Carolina she accepted a position at the South Carolina Hospital for the Insane to care for female patients. In addition to patient care she taught courses in anatomy and physiology to students in a newly instituted nursing program. She resigned in 1907 to return to Charleston to care for her ailing father and never returned to the regular practice of medicine. Sarah Campbell Allan devoted the remaining forty-six years of her life to numerous charitable and civic organizations and to the Presbyterian Church.

Dr. Walter Edgar has two programs on South Carolina Public Radio: Walter Edgar's Journal, and South Carolina from A to Z. Dr. Edgar receivedhisA.B.degreefromDavidson College in 1965 and his Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina in 1969. After two years in the army (including a tour of duty in Vietnam), he returned to USC as a post-doctoral fellow of the National Archives, assigned to the Papers of Henry Laurens.