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Neuverth, G., & Athanassoopoulos, E. (2024). Lincoln Medical History: Dr. Hettie Kersey Painter. Undergraduate Honors Thesis. University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


Set to be published in History Nebraska, projected for 2025, but this in uncertain, depending on the current publication backlog for the publication.


This paper examines the historical significance in the career of Dr. Hettie Painter, a pioneering female physician in late 19th-century Lincoln, Nebraska, whose journey from a Quaker upbringing to prominence in the medical community illuminates the dynamic nature of American healthcare during this period. Through her education at Penn Medical College, her service as a Civil War nurse, and her innovative work at the Lincoln Infirmary, Dr. Painter's story reflects adaptability, dedication, and a blend of traditional and progressive medical approaches. Dr. Painter's legacy serves as a compelling narrative of perseverance, innovation, and social engagement, highlighting the enduring impact of individuals in shaping healthcare and advocating for inclusivity and progress within the profession.