A guest post from fellow Health Blogger, Bob Cummings, from Michigan, USA
Perhaps her prominence in the field of health is sometimes overlooked because of her historical association with a religion and the fact that medicine and medical research, in her day especially, were almost exclusively the purview of men.
In celebration of Women’s History Month, the Huffington Post ran an article last month with pictures of “50 Women Who Shaped America’s Health“. Numerous comments were shared online noting that this list is incomplete.
The Huffington Post listened and added 5 more women taken from their readers’ input. That makes this list 50+5.
Certainly there are many more. But here’s one woman that surely should be included in the field of health – Mary Baker Eddy.
She was born in Bow, New Hampshire in 1821. It was her first 45 years of going from being a frail and sickly child to a frail and sickly adult that drove her into the field of health; that, and her interest in helping others who, like her, suffered. She studied different therapies for restoring health (her own and that of others) including diets, homeopathy, and what today are called placebos.
For example, writing about a case of Edema that came to her after being given up by the doctors through which she gained insight into the placebo effect, she writes,Continue Reading