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The Young Doctors (1961)
Character of Interest: Lucy Grainger (played by Aline MacMahon) Orthopaedic Surgeon
We first see senior physician Dr. Grainger at a mortality board hearing. Interestingly, she is smoking. When a patient is found to have a disturbance on the knee, there is a question as to whether or not it is osteosarcoma. A biopsy sample must be sent to experts for their opinion. The two male pathologists want to get it out right away, but all the lab assistant have gone for the night. "Can you type", the male doctor asks Dr. Grainger. "How do you think I worked my way through college?" she replies.
The Young Doctors

The Interns (1962)
Character of Interest: Mado (played by Haya Harareet), Surgeon
As we start the film, we see all the interns arriving. There are, in fact, two women, though only one will concern the story. Mado (she doesn't seem to have a last name, unlike the male doctors) has just started her surgical internship, with Dr. Riccio as her senior physician. He is discouraging. Women do not belong in medicine, according to Dr. Riccio, because they will all eventually quit to start families. It isn't until he discovers that Mado, in fact, has a child - who she has been supporting throughout her internship, that he decides she has a place in surgery.
Haya Harareet in The Interns

I Thank a Fool (1962)
Character of Interest: Christine Mary Allson (played by Susan Hayward)

The 1960's and Beyond (including TV movies) - Women Doctors in the Movies

The Lady Doctor (1963)
Character of Interest: Brigitte Baker (played by Abbe Lane)
Poster for The Lady Doctor

They Might Be Giants (1971)
Character of Interest: Mildred Watson (played by Joanne Woodward), psychiatrist
They Might Be Giants

Coma (1978)
Character of Interest: Susan Wheeler (played by Genevieve Bujold)

Genevieve Bujold in Coma

The Incredible Journey of Doctor Meg Laurel (1978) [TV Movie]
Character of Interest: Meg Laurel (played by Lindsay Wagner)
Cover art for The Incredible Journey of Dr. Meg Laurel

Prince of Tides (1991)
Character of Interest: Susan Lowenstein (played by Barbra Streisand) Psychiatrist
Barbra Streisand in Prince of Tides

City of Joy (1992)
Character of Interest: Joan Bethal (played by Pauline Collins)
The 1960's and Beyond (including TV movies) - Women Doctors in the Movies

Smart People (2008)
Character of Interest: Janet Hardigan (played by Sarah Jessica Parker) Emergency Medicine
The fact that Janet Hardigan is a physician is of little importance to the plot. It serves merely as a plot device to introduce her to the a cynical university professor played by Dennis Quaid.

Sarah Jessica Parker as Janet Hardigan

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