Lady Kahhal, First Female Ophthalmologist and Medical Journalist in Iran

  • Alireza Golshani Research Center for Traditional Medicine and History of Medicine, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran Department of History, Faculty of Literature and Humanities, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran
  • Abolghasem Foruzani Department of History, Faculty of Literature and Humanities, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran
  • Ziba Ghafouri Department of History, Faculty of Literature and Humanities, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran
  • Behnam Dalfardi Student Research Committee, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran Research Office for the History of Persian Medicine, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
  • Babak Daneshfard Research Center for Traditional Medicine and History of Medicine, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran Essence of Parsiyan Wisdom Institute, Traditional Medicine and Medicinal Plant Incubator, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
Keywords: Danesh newspaper, History of Medicine, Women, Ophthalmology, Iran

Abstract

With the advent of constitutional revolution in Iran and the increase in people’s knowledge, women’s status changed and ultimately improved. Publishing newspaper was one of the women’s attempts to keep their rights. Lady Somayyeh Kahhal was the first woman in this field, as well as ophthalmology in Iran. She published the first specialized newspaper for women in Iran under the title of Danesh (Knowledge). Lady Kahhal tried to disseminate information on women’s rights, moral issues and also health and hygiene in her weekly-published newspaper. In this paper, we will review the remaining biographical information about Kahhal and will introduce her newspaper, Danesh. [GMJ.2015;4(2):129-32]

Author Biography

Babak Daneshfard, Research Center for Traditional Medicine and History of Medicine, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran Essence of Parsiyan Wisdom Institute, Traditional Medicine and Medicinal Plant Incubator, Shiraz University of Medical Sciences, Shiraz, Iran
MD, PhD Student in Iranian Traditional Medicine

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Published
2015-05-17
How to Cite
Golshani, A., Foruzani, A., Ghafouri, Z., Dalfardi, B., & Daneshfard, B. (2015). Lady Kahhal, First Female Ophthalmologist and Medical Journalist in Iran. Galen Medical Journal, 4(2), 129-32. https://doi.org/10.31661/gmj.v4i2.315
Section
Historical Review