Daughter of Philetus and Malah nee Brackett Philbrick. She received her education in the State University of Iowa, B.S. 1886, and M.A. 1889. Her professional education she received in the Women's Medical College of Pennsylvania, graduating M.D. in 1891. she was one of the earliest women physicians to receive hospital appointment as medical intern. She obtained the appointment on a civil service exam and was intern in Blockley Hospital, Philadelphia from Nov. 1891 to March 1893. Her service included one month as ambulance physician. She was a member of the AMA, the Nebraska State Medical Society of which she was vice president, of the Lancaster co. Medical Society of which she was secretary, and also was president of the Women's Medical Club in Lincoln. For 4 years she was president of the Nebraska Equal Suffrage Association and had been president of the Lincoln Equal Suffrage Association. In religious faith she was Unitarian, a member of All Soul's church, Lincoln, and was an active supporter of the church service. She wrote many papers for various medical conventions and associations and contributed to the leading medical journals.
She in the 1930s supported legislature in favor of medical euthanasia under the supervision of physicians, but the proposal failed in spite of repeated attempts to get it passed.
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