Women in Medicine Month: Alice M. M. Chesley, MD

September 27, 2017

As our final post for Women in Medicine Month, we go back in history to recognize Dr. Alice M. M. Chesley.  The following is an excerpt from State Builders: An Illustrated Historical and Biographical Record of the State of New Hampshire At the Beginning of the Twentieth Century, copyright 1903, by George Franklyn Willey.

Alice M. M. Chesley, MD"Alice M. M. Chesley, MD, of Exeter, one of the most widely known and highly successful of the women physicians of New Hampshire, was born in Nottingham, that state, October 14, 1861, the daughter of Dr. Lafayette and Mrs. Hannah D. (Jones) Chesley. Her father was a practising physician in Exeter so that her predilection for her chosen profession was inherited as well as acquired. As a young girl Miss Chesley was eager to gain a broad and thorough culture. She graduated at the High school in Charlestown, Mass., at Chester academy, and at the Main State normal school. She studied two years at Ann Arbor, Mich., but was called home by the death of her father and sister. Her medical education was then completed at Tufts college, Boston, Mass.

Large hospital experience at Detroit, New York and Boston has supplemented her professional studies and has given her skill of such degree as to secure for her a large practice in Exeter. She is a member of the New Hampshire Medical society, admission to which is a recognition of ethical and practical devotion to the science of medicine.

Dr. Chesley's ability and faithfulness have been recognized outside the beaten paths of her profession, for her services were sought and secured by the county of Rockingham for the important and laborious task of revising and indexing the records book, dating back to 1622. This work was done so carefuly and well as to gain general praise.

Dr. Chesley's career is an excellent illustration of what the young womanhood of New England can accomplish when its ability and application are commensurate with its ambition. Every woman physician who unites in herself, as Miss Chesley does, industry, intelligence, skill, training and a sincere desire to serve, fills a want, great and long recognized."