New Delhi: One of the first women doctors of India Kadambini Ganguly is remembered on her 160th birthday. Google has made a doodle on his birthday honoring his life and work. Ganguly was born on July 18, 1861, and was the first woman to be admitted to the Calcutta Medical College in 1884. This was an extraordinary achievement by 19th century standards, as the number of medical college admissions at that time was almost exclusively male. .
Kadambini Ganguly pioneered a successful medical practice in India for women, along with other female doctors like Anandibai Joshi, from Mumbai. Incidentally, the question of who was the first woman doctor in India can be settled by the fact that both Ganguly and Joshi earned their degrees in medicine in 1886. Ganguly received his graduation degree from Calcutta Medical College. At the same time, Joshi did her degree from Women’s Medical College of Pennsylvania, USA. However, his career was cut short by Joshi’s untimely death in 1887 at the age of 21.
First female doctor to be trained in European Medicine in South Asia
Kadambini Ganguly became the first female doctor to be trained in European Medicine in South Asia in 1886. Three years later she was the first woman to appear on the podium of the session of the Indian National Congress.
Started career as a Gynecologist
Ganguly went to the United Kingdom (UK) in 1892 and further trained in Dublin, Glasgow and Edinburgh. After returning from there, she started her career as a gynecologist. She started working at Lady Dufferin Hospital in Kolkata and continued her practice there till her last days. He died on October 3, 1923.