There was good reason a Greek woman named Agnodice (see A post) traveled to Alexandria in 300 BC to study medicine and then had to hide her profession back at home in Athens by wearing men's clothing. She knew where to get medical training, but had no idea what would happen when she returned home to practice her new profession (or so the story goes).
Pesehet was one of the earliest known women to practice medicine in Egypt. Evacuation of a tomb at Giza revealed that she had been a physician. A monument had been dedicated to her and among the titles identifying her was “Lady Overseer of the Female Physicians.” Pesehet was a physician during the 4th Dynasty and the building of the great pyramids (c. 2500 BC). Pesehet may even have taught at the temple school in Sais.
|Great Pyramid at Giza|
|Egyptian woman giving birth|
Isn't history interesting?