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This intimate autobiography, rich in details of a society in transition, was written by one of India’s earliestwomen doctors. Though a child widow, driven from pillar to post, Haimabati nourished an ambition forhigher education, eventually trained as a medical practitioner, and became the ‘Lady Doctor’ in charge ofHughli Dufferin Hospital for Women. Haimabati’s memoir illustrates the predicament of a woman determinedto earn an honourable living in a man’s world. This extraordinary account, the longest and most detailedmemoir yet discovered by an Indian woman born in the nineteenth century, was originally written in linedschool notebooks in Haimabati’s native language, Bengali.
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