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Leoparda (4th century, Byzantium) was a gynecologist who served in the Court of Gratian (359–383).[1][2][3]

Information about Leoparda comes from a book by Emperor Gratian’s physician Priscian that he wrote for the purpose of educating women doctors.[1] In the book he notes that Leoparda was a respected gynecologist, but that her remedies were no more scientific than those of the Greek Dioscorides. The book contained quotations from Soranus, Cleopatria, and Aspasia. Some of it was in rhyme, presumably so that women- who were assumed to have lesser intelligence than men- could remember it. He dedicated the book to Leoparda and two other women physicians, Salvina and Victoria.


  • Priscian Theodorus. Ad Timotheum fratrem. Book 3: Gynaeccea ad Slavinam. Basel: In Officina Frobeniana, 1532. Book 3 discusses Leoparda.


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  2. ^ Hurd-Mead, Kate Campbell (1938). A History of Women in Medicine from the Earliest Times to the Beginning of the Nineteenth Century. Haddam Press, Haddam; First Edition. 
  3. ^ Mozahs, H.J. (1974). Woman in science : with an introductory chapter on woman's long struggle for things of the mind ([repr.]; [with an introd. by Mildred S. Dresselhaus]. ed.). Cambridge, Mass.: M.I.T. Press. ISBN 0262630540.