She is also a prominent example of a Cunning woman in her country. Her real name was Maria Jansson, but she is known in history as Kisamor ("The Mother in Kisa") after the place where she worked. She was active as a natural doctor occasionally from early years, but eventually, her father forced her to marry a farmer, Anders Olsson, in 1807.
By this time, she functioned as a doctor in natural medicine and made her living visiting and nursing people.
She was widely reputed, and called upon from far away. In 1814, she was given a home in Östergötland, Katrinebergs gård, as a gift by some rich female patients in recognition of successful treatment.
She made house calls and visited the sick in their cottages. Sometimes, they came to her at an inn called Kisa, and thereby, she became known as Kisamor: "The Mother in Kisa".
She was described as temperamental and firm, and she is known to have enjoyed alcohol.
She was called to Stockholm in 1824, 1825, 1826, 1840 and 1841. Tradition says that she was to have been granted a medical license by Sundhetskollegium in 1825 after having successfully treated the king and the Crown prince. This has been disputed, however, and the license is not completely confirmed.
If it was a reality, she was quite unique, as the profession of a physician was formally barred to her gender in Sweden before 1870.
On one occasion, she was asked to the royal court to attend one of the female members of the royal family.