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March: Women’s History Month! ~ Domenico Pratico, MD, Temple University

Updated: Feb 1

Every year, March is designated as Women's History Month in the United States, Canada, and other nations. Women's History Month is intended to draw attention to the efforts and accomplishments of women throughout history and to spread awareness of the difficulties and disadvantages that women have experienced and still experience today.

Source: Wikipedia (London, Wellcome Library, MS 544 (Miscellanea medica XVIII), early 14th century (France), a copy of the intermediate Trotula ensemble)

This Women's History Month let's remember Trotula De Ruggiero!

Trotula de Ruggiero, also referred to as Trota, was a female physician who lived in Salerno, Italy, in the 11th or 12th century. She is regarded as one of the earliest female doctors in all of Europe, and her contributions to the area of medicine during the Middle Ages were enormous.

Trotula held a prominent position at the School of Salerno, one of Europe's most significant medical universities in the Middle Ages. She is recognised with authoring a number of important medical publications, including "Passionibus Mulierum Curandorum" (The Diseases of Women) and "De Curis Mulierum" (On Women's Health).

Despite the fact that Trotula practised medicine at a time when women were not often permitted to do so, her work was highly regarded and significant. Even centuries after her passing, her writings continued to be widely read and utilised as medical references. She is now regarded as a pioneer for women in medicine and a significant person in the development of science and medicine.

Domenico Pratico, MD, is Director and Professor, Alzheimer's Center at Temple University and his research area is clinical pharmacology with a special focus on the cellular and molecular aspects of cell oxidative biology and a particular interest in small molecules such as bioactive oxidized lipids.

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