Varvara Rudneva

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Varvara Rudneva
Died1899 (aged 54–55)
Other namesVarvara Kashevarova Rudneva
Known forFirst female medical doctor in Russia

Varvara Kashevarova Rudneva (1844–1899), was a Russian physician.[1] She was the second woman in Russia to be a doctor and to obtain a degree in medicine (1876), after Nadezhda Suslova.[2] Her exam was thereby unique in Russia at the time and received much attention. Despite the ban against women studying at University, she was given a special dispensation to study for her willingness to treat women patients who refused to be treated by male doctors because of religious reasons.[3]



  1. ^ Evans Clements, Barbara (2012). A History of Women in Russia: From Earliest Times to the Present. Indiana University Press. p. 121. ISBN 9780253000972.
  2. ^ Clyman, Toby W.; Vowles, Judith (1999). Russia Through Women's Eyes: Autobiographies from Tsarist Russia. Yale University Press. pp. 158–185. ISBN 9780300067545.
  3. ^ Alpern Engel, Barbara (2004). Women in Russia. Cambridge. p. 75. ISBN 9780521003186.
  4. ^ Greeley, Ronald; Batson, Raymond (2001-11-29). The Compact NASA Atlas of the Solar System. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521806336.

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