Italian Women in Medicine

Saturday, March 10, at 6pm
Museo Italo Americano
Fort Mason Bldg C  – San Francisco, CA 94123

The Leonardo Da Vinci
in collaboration with the Museo Italo Americano


“Italian Women in Medicine: from Trotula to Maria Montessori”
By Angela Capobianco Little

Starting in the 11th century with the Medical School in Salerno until late in the 19th century, Italy was the only country in Europe where women were admitted to Universities. Angela Capobianco will identify 32 women who studied medicine at various Italian Universities and who in some cases were appointed to academic faculties.

Angela was born in San Francisco to an Italian immigrant father and a German immigrant mother. She earned three degrees at the University of California, Berkeley:  BA in biochemistry and bacteriology, MS in Food Science and PhD in Agricultural Chemistry. A research specialist and eventually professor of the Department of Nutritional Sciences and Toxicology, she focused on the role of the sensory apparatus on appetite, food intake, and the effect of nutritional status on the sensory organs. She taught courses on human food practices, global environmental problems, and color science. In the mid 1990’s, she served as President of the Bay Area History of Medicine Society and it was there that she developed her interest in the history of medicine, and especially in Italian women in medicine.

Angela has also been a member of the Board of Directors of the Museo Italo-Americano since 2004.

Registration: $10 for members of the LdV and the Museo, $15 for non-members.

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