At the age of 16, Rebecca Laroche fell in love with Shakespeare, something that continued into college, so much so that she switched her interests from political science to English. While in graduate school at Yale University, she became particularly interested in women writers in literary history. As she focused on literature from the 16th and 17th centuries, she began researching women’s roles in medicine and found there was, if not parity, at least some equity. There were just as many women in medicine as men, although they were working in different capacities. She authored her first book on the topic, “Medical Authority and Englishwomen’s Herbal Texts, 1550-1650,” in 2009.