American Medical Biographies/Barton, Amy Stokes

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Barton, Amy Stokes (1841–1900)

Amy Stokes Barton, a pioneer woman ophthalmologist, was born in Camden County, New Jersey, October 1, 1841, daughter of Joseph Barton, a farmer, and Rachel B. Evans.

She graduated at the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania in 1874, and after serving a term in the hospital connected with the college, began practising in Philadelphia. She became interested in the eye, and after some difficulties, because of her sex, she was admitted to work in the Wills Eye Hospital, and assisted George Strawbridge for thirteen years, until his resignation in 1890.

She was lecturer on ophthalmology, 1885– 1890, and clinical professor of ophthalmology, 1891–1897, in the Woman's Medical College.

Dr. Barton collected the money for and founded a dispensary in connection with the Woman's College in Philadelphia, feeling that too much stress was being put upon the teaching of obstetrics and gynecology to women, and wishing a place where clinics in all branches would be held; it was opened in 1895 at 1212 South Third Street, and was later at 333 and 335 Washington Avenue, being called the Amy S. Barton Dispensary.

She was an Orthodox Friend. She died in Philadelphia, March 19, 1900, from apoplexy.

Information from Mrs. Eliza J. Barton, and others, received through Dr. Ewing Jordan and Dr. Caroline M. Purnell.