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History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925
Julia Kimball Qua, M. D.

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[This information is from Vol. III, pp. 57-58 of History of the Mohawk Valley: Gateway to the West 1614-1925, edited by Nelson Greene (Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1925). It is in the Reference collection of the Schenectady County Public Library at R 974.7 G81h. This online edition includes lists of portraits, maps and illustrations. As noted by Paul Keesler in his article, "The Much Maligned Mr. Greene," some information in this book has been superseded by later research or was provided incorrectly by local sources.]

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Amsterdam has reason to be proud of its builders, its scholars, its men of affairs, and is equally proud of its women of learning and accomplishment. In the modern sphere of women's higher activities one of the foremost is Dr. Julia Kimball Qua, a successful physician, who for twenty-two years has engaged in practice in this city, and her skill has been of great benefit to the residents of this locality.

Julia Kimball Qua was born in Brockport, Monroe county, New York, and when a small child removed to Michigan with her parents. She received her elementary instruction in that section, and afterward attended Kalamazoo College and completed her studies in the University of Michigan, from which she was graduated in 1900, winning the M. D. degree. She opened an office in Amsterdam in 1902 and her professional activities have been attended by excellent results. She has a comprehensive understanding of the scientific principles of her profession and utilizes her knowledge to the best advantage in her efforts to alleviate suffering and restore health. She has a deep insight into human nature, gained from her association with all classes of people, and possesses a kindly, sympathetic nature that is one of the physician's chief assets in the sick room. She is serving on the staff of St. Mary's Hospital, also on that of the Amsterdam City Hospital, is medical examiner for the Tuberculosis Dispensary in Amsterdam, and likewise has a large private practice which makes heavy demands upon her time and attention.

Dr. Qua belongs to the Century Club and to the Good Will Society and is deeply interested in everything that touches the welfare and progress of her city. She has attained high standing in her profession and is president of the Women's State Medical Society. She also belongs to the Woman's National Medical Society, to the Amsterdam City, Montgomery County and New York State Medical Societies and to the American Medical Association. She holds a secure place in the esteem of Amsterdam's citizens and by research, study and experience is constantly enhancing her ability and enlarging her field of usefulness.

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