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A Famous Female Doctor: Peseshet
The first named Female Doctor that we know of was Chief Doctor Peseshet who practised medicine in approx. 2,500BC. The reason her name has survived is probably for 3 reasons: Firstly, she held the Title “Royal Court’s Chief Doctor” or “King’s Associate”, meaning that she was probably the Pharaoh’s Personal Doctor. Secondly, she was mentioned in the study of Science and Medicine, and thirdly, because she was Lady Overseer of Female Doctors meaning she would have taught and supervised trainee Doctors and midwives in the Medical School at Neith Temple in Sais.