Ida Scudder was born in , in Ranipet, Madras Presidency, India. In , her family returned briefly to the United States following a cholera epidemic and. Ida Scudder wanted to leave hot, overcrowded India for the good life. If asked to define the good life, she would have replied, “America and marriage to a. In John Scudder left his growing practice in New York City and sailed for Ida Scudder was born in India in and grew up well-acquainted with the.

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Doctors all over India send her their most difficult gynecological cases.

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Inthe hospital’s nurses-training program was expanded into a regular school of nursing. Mott, a coeducational school was the logical solution, and some suggested that Vellore would be the ideal location. The things that changed her path was not able to save some Hindu and Muslim women who died due to child birth.

But medical work ixa the vast majority scydder her sixteen-hour work days, though always taking time to distribute Scripture cards. Ida Scudder realized that she would be foolish to go on alone in her fight to bring better health to South India’s women, so she decided to open a medical school for girls only. Then inwhen Cornell Medical College opened its doors to women, she transferred there to take advantage of its higher ranking accreditation, and it kda from there that she received her M.

So instead of seeking the help of the more experienced John Scudder, they enlisted Ida, despite her protests concerning her lack of training. This extraordinary white-haired woman has, at 72, a spring in her step, a sparkle in her eye and the skilled, strong hands of a surgeon of Two years later, with Dodd’s assistance, Scudder founded the Union Mission Medical School for Women in Vellore, which provided formal and certified medical education.


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She had not even been allowed to go to the station to see her mother off for India. I did not want to spend my life in India. Scudder journeyed to the family’s new post of Tindivanam, India, in She was interviewed by biograhpy, and many stories were written about her work.

Inthe college was opened to men as well as women. Instead of despairing about the case load she faced and the prejudices and distrust of those who doubted her ability as a woman doctor, she remained in Vellore and began training others to help her in the work.

Her scufder died insoon after she arrived in India. Every dollar would have to be given back to the givers. This scuddee may require cleanup to meet Wikipedia’s quality standards.

Yet, she continued to encounter superstitious practices that counteracted her best efforts. Many single-sentence paragraphs, spelling errors, non-neutral language Please help improve this section if you can. When she was a youth, her family returned to America for furlough, after which her father sailed to India alone.

Stephen’s College Wilson Bigoraphy. Again I shut myself in my room and thought very seriously about the condition of the Indian women and after much thought and prayer, I went to my father and mother and told them that I must go home and study medicine, and come back to India to help such women.


She transferred to Cornell Medical College for her final year, receiving her M.

Scudder, Ida Sophia (1870-1960)

Women and children come just to touch her, so exalted is her reputation for healing. Masilamani Victor Premasagar Y.

Ida Scudder was born in India in and grew up well-acquainted with the trials of missionary life, particularly the pain of separation from loved ones. Print this article Print all entries for this topic Cite this article. With the money, she started a tiny medical dispensary and clinic for women blography Vellore, 75 miles from Madras.

Scudder, Ida (1870–1960)

The Story of the Scudder Missionaries in India. Women in World History: The Belknap Press of Harvard University Sicherman, Barbara, and Carol Hurd Green, eds. scidder

She died in Vellore. Of students today, 95 are men.

Scudder began training nurses, an almost unheard-of procedure in Asia. It was a graceful retirement, according to her biographer. During one traumatic night of her stay, Scudder’s life changed dramatically. She vowed then to get a medical degree, so that she could work in India as a much-needed female physician. Archived from the original on Her dream of serving her internship under the brilliant tutelage of her father was shattered when he unexpectedly died of cancer.