Fatma Belkis Derman (1906-1958): The first female community pharmacist in Turkey

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Tekiner H. , Mat A.

Pharmaceutical Historian, vol.49, no.3, pp.89-94, 2019 (Refereed Journals of Other Institutions)

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 49 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2019
  • Title of Journal : Pharmaceutical Historian
  • Page Numbers: pp.89-94


After graduating from the Istanbul University School of Pharmacy in 1930, Fatma Belkis Derman (1906-1958) left her mark on the history of pharmacy as the first female pharmacist in Turkey to set up a pharmacy, operate a laboratory, and receive a license for a proprietary medicine in her own name. Despite various obstacles and even disdain amongst the locals of her time, she made women pharmacists visible and respectable in Turkey, paving the way for Turkish women to pursue pharmaceutical careers.