Franziska Tiburtius

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memorial plate for Emilie Lehmus and Franziska Tiburtius in Berlin

Franziska Tiburtius (24 January 1843 – 5 May 1927) was a German doctor, one of the first two women to qualify as a doctor in imperial Germany.[1]

Refused entry to German medical faculties, Tiburtius studied for medicine in Zurich and in 1876 passed her examinations with distinction. That year she completed an internship with the gynaecologist Franz von Winckel in Dresden. With her fellow student Emilie Lehmus (1841-1932), she set up private practice in Berlin. Despite sustained opposition, their clinic succeeded in attracting a large clientele.[2]


  1. ^ Paulette Meyer, From "Uncertifiable" Medical Practice to the Berlin Clinic of Women Doctors: The Medical Career of Franziska Tiburtius (M.D. Zürich, 1876), DYNAMIS. Acta Hisp. Med. Sci. Hist. Illus., 19, 1999, pp. 297-303
  2. ^ Helen Rappaport, ed. (2001), "Tiburtius, Franziska", Encyclopedia of women social reformers, 1, ABC-CLIO, p. 708 

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