Anita Newcomb McGee
American Physician and Army Nurse
1864 – 1940 A.D.
Anita Newcomb McGee, an American physician and army nurse, daughter of Prof. Simon Newcomb, born in Washington, D.C. In 1888 she married the ethnologist, W.J. McGee, and four years afterward received the degree of M.D. from Columbia University.
During the Spanish-American War in 1898 – 1900 she was acting assistant surgeon, the only woman officer in the U.S. Army, and had charge of the nurse corps division of the Surgeon-General’s office.
In 1904 Mrs. McGee took a party of American nurses to Japan, and served successfully in the military hospitals there for six months, holding rank as a supervisor of nurses in the Japanese Army.
Reference: Famous Women; An Outline of Feminine Achievement Through the Ages With Life Stories of Five Hundred Noted Women By Joseph Adelman. Copyright, 1926 by Ellis M. Lonow Company.