Woman of the Century/Nellie V. Mark
MARK, Miss Nellie V., physician, born in Cashtown, Pa., near Gettysburg, 21st July, 1857. Whether or not her advent into the world at a time when the aphorism, "All men are born free and equal," was on everybody's tongue, developed in her a belief that woman shares in the term "man," and a residence at the most susceptible age on the scene and at the time of the greatest battle ever fought in defense of that idea, inspired the desire to aid the suffering, suffice it to say that Dr. Mark can not remember the time when she was not a suffragist and a doctor. NELLIE V. MARK. She was always making salve, and ointments for lame horses and dogs. Only one cat and no chickens died under her care. The account of those early days is brief: "Smart child, but very bad!" In July. 1875, Dr. Mark was graduated from the Lutherville Seminary, Maryland, and in 1883 she returned to make an address before the alumni on "Woman Suffrage and its Workers." Three years later she delivered another on "Woman in the Medical Profession," which the faculty had printed in pamphlet form for distribution, and she was elected president of the Alumni Association. After her graduation she studied under the professors in Gettysburg for several years, during which time she was under allopathic treatment in that place and in Baltimore for inherited rheumatism, which affected her eyes. Experiencing no improvement, she tried homeopathy in Philadelphia, and. being benefited, read medicine with her physician. Dr. Anna M. Marshall, for about a year. In 1881 Dr. Mark began a course of study in the Boston University School of Medicine, and was graduated in 1884. She settled in Baltimore and has built up a large and remunerative practice. Dr. Mark is a bright, breezy writer and debater on all subjects, and has been kept busy, in addition to her practice, with addresses and discussions in medical and suffragist conventions. She has given health lectures to working-girls" clubs. She is superintendent of the scientific- instruction department of the Baltimore Woman's Christian Temperance Union. She holds the position of director for Mary land, and auditor, in the Association for the Advancement of Women. In the meeting of that society in Detroit, in 1887, she read a paper on " Women as Guardians of the Public Health." She also read a paper on "'La Grippe" in the last meeting, 16th October, in Grand Rapids, Mich., and was on the programme in November, 1892, in Memphis, Tenn., for one on "The Effect of Immigration on the Health of the Nation." Dr. Mark is a practical refutation of the idea that a professional woman must vacate her own sphere, and be of necessity an inefficient housekeeper. With youth and talents at her com- mand, much may be expected from her in her chosen life-work am I in anv cause which she may espouse.