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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But as the months passed, her practice slowly grew. She was interviewed by reporters, and many stories were written about her work.

Ida Scudder Changed Her Mind

The Story of Dr. Viswanatha Reddi at the B. Then in the early s she received word that her work along with other Christian schools in India would be eligible for a one-million-dollar Rockefeller grant if two million dollars could be raised elsewhere. A letter once reached her scucder simply, “Dr.

More than twenty homeless children were taken into the Scudder home, and frequently she brought one or more of them along on her rounds. Although she had originally rebelled against the family business of missionary work, her biograpy to India to help her ill mother began a process of acceptance and inspiration. Biogarphy University Press, Another well-known missionary doctor who served in south-central Asia was Viggo Olsen, who is most remembered for his widely read autobiography, Daktar: Inthe hospital’s nurses-training program was expanded into a regular school of nursing.


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These women did not like to be treated by male doctors due to their orthodox habits of not exhibiting themselves before men The First-day cover portrays Dr Ida Scudder, who founded the institute inworking for the medical requirements of pregnant women. Women in World History: In spite of the new facilities, Vellore Medical College could not keep pace with the new government requirements during the years following independence.

American physician and missionary who founded the Christian Medical College and Hospital in Vellore. Yet, she continued to encounter superstitious practices that counteracted her best efforts. Biogrwphy Secondary Jameson, Carol B. Masilamani Victor Premasagar Y. With this accomplishment, Scudder retired but remained near Vellore.

Inshe opened the Mary Taber Schell Hospital, which also provided a central locale for much-needed medical care and for the training of nurses. The specific problem is: Protestant missions to India.


This page was last scuddrr on 26 Decemberat One day inaged 82, she was at “Hilltop”, her bungalow at Kodaikanaland opened a stack of letters and telegrams. I went to bed in the early morning after praying much for guidance.

This experience of the death of three women due to lack of a female doctor convinced Ida Sophia that God wanted her to become a female physician to help the women of India. Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia. But she wanted more than the toil of missionary life. Thousands of women had been mobilized to raise money to support medical missions for women in India, and the thought of sharing all they had worked so hard for with the men biographh unthinkable.


She had not even been allowed to go to the station to see her mother off for India. Scudder’s medical work in India was particularly significant in that it provided educational opportunities for women and increased the accessibility of wcudder care to women in biograpuy area.

Sixty-three years earlier this tenacious woman had been denied mission-board support because of frailty.

Ida S. Scudder

My friends were begging me to return to the joyous opportunities of a young girl in America. Of the nine who survived to adulthood, seven became missionaries, most of them specializing in medicine like their father.

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Moody, Her nursing school grew to become the first graduate school of nursing in India, affiliated with Madras University. Two years later, with Dodd’s assistance, Scjdder founded the Union Mission Medical School for Women in Vellore, which provided formal and certified medical education.

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