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A Doctor for Rural America: The Reforms of Frances Sage Bradley

Barbara Barksdale Clowse


Frances Sage Bradley (1862-1949) was one of the first female graduates of Cornell University Medical College (1899). She spent the next half century advancing the causes of public health and medical care for neglected women, infants, and children. In 1915 she closed her private practice and became a medical field agent for the US Children’s Bureau in isolated rural areas of ten states, including Appalachia. Enactment of the federal Maternity and Infant Protection Act of 1921 [Sheppard-Towner Act] opened further healthcare reform opportunities. A prolific writer, the doctor generated voluminous ... More

Keywords: Dr. Frances Sage Bradley, scientific medicine, public health, US Children’s Bureau, Progressive Era, World War I, Midwives, Maternity and Infant Protection Act of 1921, rural America, malnutrition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780813179773
Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: January 2021 DOI:10.5810/kentucky/9780813179773.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barbara Barksdale Clowse, author