Jacqueline Felice de Almania

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Jacqueline Felice de Almania, (in Italian: Jacobina Félicie), (fl. 1322) was an Italian physician active in Paris, France.

Jacobina Félicie was reportedly from Florence in Italy, and was active as a physician in Paris in 1322. She belonged to the minority of licensed female physicians of her time period; in 1292, there were eight female physicians registered in Paris. In 1322, however, Jacobina Félicie was put on trial for unlawful practice.[1] During the trial many testimonies were given where she was said to have cured patients where other physicians had failed and given up hope of the patient's recovery, and according to one witness, she was reputed to be a better physician and surgeon than any of the French physicians in Paris.[1] By being a better physician and surgeon as well as not charging patients if her treatments were unsuccessful, she seemed to anger male physicians[2]. Despite the testimonies that she was able to cure people the male physicians had given up on, the court reasoned that it was obvious that a man could understand the subject of medicine better than a woman because of his gender. She was banned from practicing medicine and threatened with excommunication if she ever did so again. This decision is considered to have banned women from academic study in medicine in France and obtaining licenses until the 19th-century.

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  1. ^ a b Garcia-Ballester, Luis (1994). Practical medicine from Salerno to the Black Death (1. publ. ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge Univ. Press. ISBN 0521431018. 
  2. ^ Minkowski, William (Fall 2017). "Women Healers of the Middle Ages: Selected Aspects of Their History" (PDF). American Journal of Public Health. 82: 288–295 – via NCBI.