Trotter, Mildred, 1899-1991

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Trotter, Mildred, 1899-1991

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  • Trot

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1899-1991

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Mildred Trotter is regarded as one of the most eminent 20th century contributors to the field of physical anthropology, especially to knowledge about human bone and hair. A native of Pennsylvania, she received her bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts. She joined the Washington University School of Medicine Department of Anatomy in 1920 as a researcher and her subsequent work here was applied towards a Ph.D., which she received in 1924. Her full time teaching career began that same year, collaborating with Robert J. Terry in the gross anatomy curriculum. In this capacity, Trotter guided medical students for over fifty years in the exacting art of dissection.

Trotter's research efforts have led to findings that have proven useful not only to clinical medicine, but also to fields such as forensic science, physical anthropology, and archaeology. She contributed much of what is known today about human skeletal structure and density, and particularly the characteristics of long limb bones. Trotter was named to a full professorship in 1946, thus making her the first woman to achieve this rank at Washington University School of Medicine. She was a visiting fellow, lecturer, and professor at several universities in this country and abroad and a consultant to the U.S. Armed Forces. She became a professor emerita in 1967.

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Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Washington University School of Medicine (1899-)

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Terry, Robert J. (Robert James), 1871-1966 (1871-1966)

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6089002

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Terry, Robert J. (Robert James), 1871-1966

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Trotter, Mildred, 1899-1991

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1920-1966

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Terry who was head of the Department of Anatomy, hired Mildred Trotter in 1920 when she pursued her Ph.D. in Anatomy. They were both faculty of the Department of Anatomy .

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Seib, George A. (1902-1992)

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Seib, George A.

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Trotter, Mildred, 1899-1991

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no2001062394

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Enter into Bernard Becker Medical Library Database, an Archive to Memory database at Washington University in St. Louis, December 16, 2019 1:20 PM
Revision: June 12, 2020 7:37 PM

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  • English

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  • Latin

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  1. lcnaf no2001062394 http://id.loc.gov/authorities/names/no2001062394
  2. Studio portrait of W. Maxwell Cowan.VC170-i170090 Item 1973, Part of Mildred Trotter Photographs, Certificates, and Artifacts
    Handwritten note on the photograph reads: "For Trot, With respect and affection. W.M. Cowan. May 1973."

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