Dr. Hannah Reid & Dr. Minerva Reid - Sisterhood

2018-10-12 10:30:12 AM

Sisters Hannah and Minerva Reid were amongst the last women to graduate from the Ontario Medical College for Women before it closed in 1905. After living together in Toronto and attending medical school with each other for 4 years, the two women went their separate ways after graduation.
Dr. Hannah Reid accepted a medical internship at the New England Hospital for Women and Children in Boston. She returned to Toronto and in 1912 began a private practice specializing in anesthesia and obstetrics.
Her sister, Dr. Minerva Reid, took over their brother’s medical practice after graduation. In 1911, she studied abroad, earning a License in Midwifery in Ireland and a membership in the Royal College of Surgeons in England. She returned to Toronto and began her own family practice.
The two sister united again in 1914, when they both accepted positions on the medical staff of Women’s College Hospital. Dr. Hannah Reid joined the Department of Anaesthesia and later became WCH’s Chief of Anaesthesia. Dr. Minvera Reid was appointed as the hospital’s first Chief of Surgery. For over two decades, the two sisters could often be found working together in the operating rooms of WCH.


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