The Doctors Blackwell Reviews: Elizabeth Blackwell believed from an early age that she was destined for a mission beyond the scope of “ordinary” femininity. While the world at first remembered a female student of medicine, she was gained recognition by the men’s medical community with intelligence and strength. She was the first woman to receive an M.D. in America in 1849. Her younger sister, Emily, who was actually the brighter surgeon, soon joined in with her famous accomplishment.
Janice P. Nimura offers a tale of trial and victory, exploring the sisters’ friends, rivals, and enduring relationships. Together, the Blackwells established the Indigent Women and Children’s New York Infirmary, the first hospital entirely staffed by women. Both sisters were tenacious and visionary, but their values were not always associated with, or with, the rise of women’s rights.
This richly researched new biography honors two complex pioneers, from Bristol, Paris, and Edinburgh to the rising cities of antebellum America, who exploded the boundaries of possibility for women in medicine. As Elizabeth herself predicted, “a hundred years hence, women will not be what they are now.”
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