Elizabeth Blackwell: First Woman Doctor of Modern Times (Ideas on Trial)

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As reported by a fellow student, when Elizabeth Blackwell arrived at her first class in medical school in 1847, "A hush fell over the class as if each member had been stricken with paralysis...A death-like stillness prevailed during the lecture." Elizabeth Blackwell tells the fascinating story of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female physician in the United States. Blazing trails and overcoming prejudice throughout her education and professional life, denied access to hospitals. Blackwell opened the New York Infirmary for Women and Children and, in 1868, the Women's Medical College, the first of its kind in history.

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This text follows the life of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first female physician in the USA, from her harrowing struggles through medical school and internship, to her triumphant openings of the New York Infirmary for Women and Children, and the Women's Medical College in 1868.

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She Blazed a Trail for All Women in Medicine!

The inspiring life story of Elizabeth Blackwell, America's first woman doctor, proves that belief in yourself can overcoe any prejudice and change the world. Today, nearly half of all medical students are women - but imagine the courage and determination Elizabeth needed to become a physician when the very idea of a woman attending medical school was considered outrageous!

What was it like when young Elizabeth walked into class on her first day of medical school in 1847? A classmate tells us: 'A hush fell over the class...It is quite impossible to magnify the power of the personality of Miss Blackwell.'

In Elizabeth Blackwell, biographer Adele Glimm traces Dr. Blackwell's amazing life from her childhood in England and America, to her medical training in America and Europe, to her long career as a doctor and crusader for women's rights. In a world of slavery, riots, surgery without anesthesia, and deadly diseases with no remedies, Elizabeth worked tirelessly for the benefit of all people. With eyewitness accounts, diary entries, newspaper clippings, and other original documents, this book brings to life her brilliance, bravery, and medical innovations.

Find out how Dr. Blackwell founded the first hospital for women run by women, and the first women's medical college. Be there for her historic meeting with President Abraham Lincoln after she trained hundreds of nurses during the Civil War. And finally, learn how she helped save countless lives by educating people in the 'revolutionary' ideas of cleanliness and exercise for good health - ideas that benefit us to this day.

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