Regina Pilsztynowa (1860 words)

Magdalena Ożarska (Jan Kochanowski University, Kielce)
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Regina Salomea Pilsztynowa, née Rusiecka (or Makowska, as she signs her name on the title page of her autobiography and in the introductory letter to her benefactress, Ludwika Potocka née Mniszech), was Poland's first female “Medical Doctor and Oculist”. She was born in 1718, in the province of Nowogródek (today's Belarus). At the age of fourteen, her burgher parents married her off to Jacob Halpir, an ophthalmologist, with whom she soon moved to Istanbul where he treated patients. It is there that she learned some of his doctoring methods, which she was to use for the remainder of her life. That she thus acquired a profession that would successfully carry her through her various trials and …

Citation: Ożarska, Magdalena. "Regina Pilsztynowa". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 31 March 2017 [https://www.litencyc.com/php/speople.php?rec=true&UID=13861, accessed 02 July 2020.]

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