Dr. Elizabeth Grange Coachman '67
Mary Jane Safford, MD: Indomitable Mite
This is the first comprehensive biography of 19th century physician, writer, feminist, progressive reformer and lecturer Dr. Mary Jane Safford who led an extraordinarily adventurous life. Her uncanny ability to appear in right places and times to experience and make true history was akin to Forrest Gump's similar but fictional talent. From the poverty of youth and through a series of adventures' leading to her becoming a European-trained, gynecologic surgeon, Dr. Safford rose to a fame larger than life. She spoke and wrote prolifically on travel, progressive reforms, racial equality and medicine. Among her associates were notable 19th century figures. Later in life, she became one of Florida's first trained women physicians and helped found a Florida community. Dr. Coachman's 10 year research odyssey has led to rediscovery of Dr. Safford's most intriguing life story.