Lydia Wytenbroek is a PhD Candidate in the Graduate Program in History at York University. She is interested in colonial medical and nursing history, gender history and the history of global health. She has an article in Nursing History Review that analyzes the work of Canadian nurse Margaret Campbell Jackson in the establishment of a Maternal and Child Health Center in Iran in the 1950s. Her dissertation examines the role of American Presbyterian missionaries in the development of medical institutions in Iran between 1920 and 1960. In the late nineteenth century, American Presbyterian missionaries began to provide medical care through ad-hoc dispensaries and clinics. By 1920, these provisional medical services were replaced by a system of hospitals and nursing schools that were designed to advance modern scientific medicine in Iran. Lydia's project explores the growth of these American-run medical institutions and the work of the American missionaries who operated and staffed them from the inauguration of these institutions in the 1920s until their closure and nationalization in the 1960s. She analyzes how gender, faith, professionalism and nationalism animated the work of American medical missionaries in Iran between 1920 and 1960.
Keywords: Colonial Medicine; nursing history; gender history; history of global health; Iran