1896: Dr. Shi Meiyu comes from Michigan to Chicago

Shi Meiyu (English name Mary Stone) was born at Jiujiang in Jiangxi, eastern China, in 1873.  She studied under Miss Gertrude Howe at a Methodist girl's school in Jiujiang and later accompanied Miss Howe to the United States where in 1892 she became a student in the medical department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.  After getting her MD degree in 1896, she went to Chicago to intern at hospitals there before returning to Jiujiang in the same year to establish the new Danforth Memorial Hospital in partnership with Dr. Kang Cheng 康成 (English name Ida Kahn).

Dr. Kang, Shi Meiyu's girlhood friend, graduated from the University of Michigan in the same year.  The two were the first Chinese women to receive a medical degree in the United States.  They may also have been the first Chinese women to graduate from a Midwestern university.

Dr. Shi in particular played a major role in the development of modern medicine in China.  She founded and superintended two hospitals.  Reading between the lines, she was an able administrator and fundraiser with excellent missionary connections in the U.S.

We hope eventually to discover at which Chicago hospitals Dr. Shi worked.  She seems to have stayed in Chicago for less than a year.