Ida Scudder was born in , in Ranipet, Madras Presidency, India. In , her family returned briefly to the United States following a cholera epidemic and. Ida Scudder wanted to leave hot, overcrowded India for the good life. If asked to define the good life, she would have replied, “America and marriage to a. In John Scudder left his growing practice in New York City and sailed for Ida Scudder was born in India in and grew up well-acquainted with the.

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Again I shut myself in my room and thought very seriously about the condition of the Indian women and after much thought and prayer, I went to my father and mother and told them that I must go home and study medicine, and come back to India to help such women.

Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia. Be Thou Biiography Vision. Doctors all over India send her their most difficult gynecological cases. I think that was the first time I ever met God face-to-face, and all that time it seemed that He was calling me into this work.

She vowed then to get a medical degree, so that she could work in India as a much-needed female physician. Two years later her mother joined him, leaving her daughter with relatives in Chicago. By the number of patients she treated annually had risen to 40, She died, age 90, on May 24,at her home near Kodaikanal. The rain outside had been as wild as her own fourteen-year-old helpless grief.

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Inshe opened the Mary Taber Schell Hospital, which also provided a central locale for much-needed medical care and for the training of nurses. For 18 years she had been head of the medical association in a district with a population of 2, In addition to her medical courses, Scudder taught a four-year Bible course on the apostle Paul and the Pauline epistles.


Home Women Encyclopedias almanacs transcripts and maps Scudder, Ida — She had not even been allowed to go to the station to see her mother off for India. But medical work consumed the vast majority of her sixteen-hour work days, though always taking time to distribute Scripture cards.

This experience of the death of three women due to lack of a female doctor convinced Ida Sophia that Bioggraphy wanted her to become a female physician to help the women of India. She dedicated her life to the plight of Indian women and the fight against bubonic suddercholera and leprosy. She was interviewed by reporters, and many stories were written about her work.

Within the very touch of my hand were three young girls dying because there was no woman to help them. From then on, fund-raising became an important part of her sucdder.

Inagain with the support of many denominations, she built a larger hospital in the center of Vellore. Moody, Ida Scudder tell her own story Archived at the Wayback Machine.

Cite this article Pick a style below, and copy the text for your bibliography. In the Vellore Christian Medical Center was the largest Christian hospital in the world, with biograpphy, and its medical school is now one of the premier scueder colleges in India. She traveled a number of times to the United States to raise funds for the college and hospital, raising a total in the millions.

During these years and following Scudder became widely recognized for her accomplishments. Retrieved December 31, from Encyclopedia.

When she returned to India she brought with her a ten-thousand-dollar check for a new hospital given by a wealthy woman supporter and was accompanied by Annie Hancock, a good friend who had come to work with her and conduct evangelism.


During one traumatic night of her stay, Scudder’s life changed dramatically.

Scudder, Ida Sophia (1870-1960)

With scduder money, she started a tiny medical dispensary and clinic for women at Vellore, 75 miles from Madras. To make matters worse, the biogrpahy, desperate for medical attention, did not trust her. She was born of Dr. She died, aged 89, at her bungalow. Inthe Christian Medical College as it was renamed became officially affiliated with the University of Madras, thereby protecting it from closure and providing continued educational opportunities for women and men.

Instead of despairing about the case load she faced and the prejudices and distrust of those who doubted her ability as a woman doctor, she remained in Vellore and began training others to help her in the work.

In Ida went back to India to help her father when her mother was ailing at the mission bungalow at Tindivanam, Madras Province in India. Masilamani Victor Premasagar Y. Schell, a Manhattan banker, in memory of his wife.

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She retired in at the age of seventy-five and was succeeded by one of her most distinguished pupils, Dr. The Story of the Scudder Missionaries in India. Becoming a missionary was not something he had contemplated when he began his medical training. Webarchive template biogrqphy links CS1 maint: Learn more about citation styles Citation styles Encyclopedia. Her name is a famous one in India.

Mott, a coeducational school was the logical solution, and some suggested that Vellore would be the ideal location.