Medicine: Harriet

"Harriet" was a big-hearted Negro who worked as a scrubwoman in Philadelphia's Homeopathic Hahnemann Medical College for years after the Civil War. Among her duties was cleaning up the room where young Dr. Rufus B. Weaver cut up cadavers to show medical students how the human body was constructed. "Harriet" doubtless heard Dr. Weaver declare many a time that the study of anatomy was the most interesting of all the medical sciences. He loved anatomy so profoundly that he would never practice therapeutics as long as he lived. He loved the subject so...

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