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Encyclopedia > Cecilia Mettler

Cecilia Charlotte Asper Mettler was a medical historian. She was one of the first full-time (and the first female) professors of the history of medicine in America. This article does not adequately cite its references or sources. ...

Mettler was born on October 26, 1909 in Weehawken, New Jersey. Her father, William Charles Asper, was a lawyer. She learned Latin at the Convent of St. Elizabeth where she received her A.B. in 1931. She studied further at Cornell University where she received her Ph.D. in 1938. During this time she familiarized with medicine at the Washington University School of Nursing and at the University of Georgia School of Medicine where her husband, Fred Mettler, worked. In 1939, she was named assistant professor of Medical History at the University of Georgia School of Medicine. In 1941, they moved to New York where she held a position as an Associate in Neurology, Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons. October 26 is the 299th day of the year (300th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar, with 66 days remaining. ... 1909 (MCMIX) was a common year starting on Friday (see link for calendar). ... Weehawken Township is a township located in Hudson County, New Jersey. ... It has been suggested that this article be split into multiple articles. ... A Bachelor of Arts (B.A. or A.B.) is an undergraduate academic degree awarded for a course or program in the arts and/or sciences. ... Cornell University is a private university located in Ithaca, New York, USA. Its two medical campuses are in New York City and in Education City, Qatar. ... Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. ... The University of Georgia (UGA) is the largest institution of higher learning in the state of Georgia. ... 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full year calendar). ... NY redirects here. ... Seal of the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons The Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons, abbreviated P&S, is a graduate school of Columbia University located on the health sciences campus in the Washington Heights neighborhood of Manhattan. ...

She noted that medical history is typically taught either by delivering chronological lectures or by focusing on a specific topic and proposed to correlate medical history teaching with the teaching of the medical curriculum. Her major work, “The History of Medicine” reflected that approach. It was completed after nine years of work just a few days before her death, and published posthumously.

Mettler died on December 1, 1943, three days after the birth of her daughter. December 1 is the 335th (in leap years the 336th) day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1943 calendar). ...


  • Mettler FA. Cecilia Charlotte Asper Mettler (1909-1943). Bulletin of the History of Medicine (1944), 16:179-83.


  • The History of Medicine. The Blakiston Co, Philadelphia, 1947



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