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1897 Biography - Sarah L. Cushing

Cushing, Sarah L., M. D., has been a resident of the village and city of Lockport for nearly forty years and the prominence attained is such as to warrant some mention in these pages. Dr. Cushing has occupied a special sphere in the successful care and treatment of the sick and afflicted, having been especially qualified to constitute the successful nurse. Mrs. Cushing devoted her energies to the study of medicine and the successful treatment of the afflicted. She was born near Troy, N. Y., in August, 1817; she attended the district schools and was graduated from the Albany Female Academy in 1841. In 1858 she was graduated from the Starling Medical College at Columbus, O., where she settled in the practice of her profession until the war broke out, when she went to care for the sick and wounded, distributing sanitary supplies to the soldiers. After a time she was taken sick and compelled to give up her position. She then settled in Lockport, N. Y., and resumed the practice of her profession, where she has since resided. The doctor is in all respects a self-made woman, one who through the adversities of an orphaned childhood, the loss of husband and an only child, and the conquest of obstacles fit to dement any save the most courageous, has learned the reality of sorrow, and from the start has made the cause of humanity her own. Her great love for her work is best told in her own words, when she says: "During busy days or sleepless nights, with many disappointments and much hard work, never for one moment have I regretted having chosen the practice of medicine."

Contributed 2017 by Lisa Slaski from Landmarks of Niagara County, New York, by William Pool, D. Mason & Co., Syracuse, NY, 1897


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