Lillian H. South

December 5, 2010 in 1960s-1970s

Lillian H. South, bacteriologistLillian H. South on this web (Jan. 31, 1879-Sept. 13, 1966) was born in Warren County, Kentucky. She studied to be a registered nurse at the Nurses Training School of the Central Hospital in Patterson, New Jersey, and continued in her education to become a bacteriologist.

She accomplished such great things and also overcame barriers for women during this time. She was credited with the elimination of diseases such a hookworms [1]. She also carried out inoculation campaigns against scarlet fever, malaria, small pox, typhoid, and leprosy [1]. Lillian was also the state bacteriologist at state board of health Louisville. She would go on to held this position for 40 years [2]. She was very involved in state and national organizations. South was an active member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, the Kentucky Medical Association, Jefferson County Medical Society, and other associations [2].

Although, Smith did not have to overcome racial barriers, she had to fight the barrier of being a women in a male dominated world in the early 1920s. She would go on to do some amazing things. Women like her set the path for other women to be able to help make changes in the medical field.


2. “Dr. Lillian Harold South,” Warren County Medical Society. Accessed 5 December 2010.

1 response to Lillian H. South

  1. Medical like enginerring was historically a male dominated area for European countries and the United States. For a women to get involved and never stop trying to improve the lives of the people around her shows the devotion she had towards the medical field. She ignored all the men sterotyping her and focused only on her studies and on improving the lives of her patients by any means neccessary. An amazing woman for her time.

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