The first woman doctor ever
belonged to Egypt. Her name was Peseshet; she was not only a swnwt
(woman doctor) but also a imyt-r hm(wt)-ka
(woman director of the soul-priestesses) and lived around 2500 B.C. Nothing much is known about her except that she was the mother of Akhethetep in whose tomb her stela
(carved or inscribed stone slab) was found.
Women of Ancient Egypt could enter any profession they liked, unlike in modern times.
The picture on the left shows some of the instruments she may have used. Most of these tools were used for embalming as well.