William Goodell (gynecologist)

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William Goodell
William Goodell.jpg
William Goodell in 1870 by Frederick Gutekunst
Born October 17, 1829
Died October 27, 1894(1894-10-27) (aged 65)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Known for Goodell's sign
Medical career
Profession Doctor
Specialism Gynecology

William Goodell (October 17, 1829 – October 27, 1894) was an eminent American gynecologist from Philadelphia, best remembered for first describing what is now referred to as Goodell's sign.[1]


William Goodell was born in Malta, the son of missionary William Goodell,[2] and studied at William's College, Massachusetts and Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, graduating in 1854. He worked in Constantinople until 1861. He then worked in general practice in West Chester until he was appointed Lecturer on Obstetric Diseases of Women at the University of Pennsylvania in 1870, and then Clinical Professor in Diseases of Women and Children in 1874.[3]

Selected works[edit]


  1. ^ William Goodell at Mondofacto online medical dictionary
  2. ^ Charles Cole Creegan, Josephine A.B. Goodnow. Great Missionaries of the Church, page 42. Ayer Publishing, 1972. ISBN 9780836925418/
  3. ^ Obituary Br Med J. 1894 November 17; 2 (1768): 1149.