Plymouth Meeting Friends School: A History of Social Justice
Did you know a PMFS alum led the effort to recognize women physicians?
Dr. Hiram Corson (1804-1896) attended PMFS as a boy. He became a practicing physician and a tireless advocate for women in medicine. He also founded the Montgomery County Anti-Slavery Society, and his house was part of the Underground Railroad. You can actually search digital copies of the diaries he kept starting in 1827!
Dr. Corson writes about medicine, abolition, temperance, the unrest leading up to the Civil War, and the war itself. Page through three full volumes at http://www.medicalheritage.org/2015/03/18/new-to-the-mhl-hiram-corson-diaries.
Here is an excerpt from January 1890 in which Dr. Corson celebrates a success for women in medicine, when the first woman doctor was hired at a hospital in Staunton, VA:
In July of 1874, he wrote of the funeral of a childhood friend he knew from school at Plymouth Meeting:
It’s wonderful to know the place that we know as PMFS was a central part of work for peace and social justice a century and a half ago.