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Siebold, Josepha von (1771–1849)

Siebold, Josepha von (1771–1849)

German obstetrician. Name variations: Regina Josepha von Siebold. Born Regina Josepha Henning, 1771, in Germany; died 1849; m. Damian von Siebold, 1795.

Worked as midwife and assistant to husband; studied obstetrics in Wurzburg and gained permission from Archducal Medical College, Darmstadt, to practice obstetrics and pox vaccination; became 1st woman to earn doctorate in obstetrics from German university (University of Giessen, 1815) and ran charitable practice assisted by daughter, Charlotte Heidenreich von Siebold.

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