Google Doodle Celebrating Madeleine Brès’ 177th Birthday – Google Doodle is celebrating French doctor Madeleine Brès’ 177th Birthday on November 25, 2019 with doodle artwork.
Google Doodle Celebrating Madeleine Brès’ 177th Birthday | Madeleine Brès Thesis Of Breasts And Breastfeeding:
Today’s Doodle honors French doctor Madeleine Brès’ groundbreaking contributions to women’s health and pediatrics.
Born on this day, 1842, in Bouillargues, France, Madeleine Brès was the first French woman to graduate medical school and become a doctor of the Faculty of Medicine of Paris in 1875.
Brès found her interest for medicine at the age of eight. Madeleine Brès came to know basic medical treatments from one of the nuns on staff, when she was a volunteer at a local hospital.
Madeleine Brès was twelve-year-old when her family left for Paris. Madeleine Brès married Adrien-Stéphane Brès, a tram conductor.
Brès approached the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Paris, Charles Adolphe Wurtz, and asked him for permission to enroll to study medicine.
Being self-taught student, Brès passed her baccalauréat exam and enrolled at the University of Paris (known as the Sorbonne) as a medical student in 1868.
Madeleine Brès Thesis “De la Mamelle et de l’allaitement” — Of Breasts and Breastfeeding:
Madeleine Brès became mother of three at 26 years old.
Brès successfully defended her thesis, De la Mamelle et de l’allaitement (Of Breasts and Breastfeeding), which covered a wide range of material on the mother/child relationship and infant hygiene, on June 3, 1875.
At that time where wet nurses were employed by women of means, Madeleine Brès’ work advocated for and encouraged natural breastfeeding.
Madeleine Brès worked as a professor of hygiene and taught headmistresses of nursery schools in Paris.
Brès’ facility stayed open for almost 40 years, often removing costs for working women and instructed new mothers on proper infant care.
In 1883, Brès leaded a medical journal entitled L’Hygiène de la Femme et de l’Enfant (Hygiene of the Woman and the Child), teaching women on their own biology, and also on childcare and disease containment.
Madeleine Brès was also the writer of several childcare books.
Madeleine Brès, who was a trailblazer in French medicine and continues today to be a model, died in Montrouge, France, on November 30, 1921 at the age of 79, in poverty.