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The Doctors Blackwell

How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine

by Janice P. Nimura

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The Doctors Blackwell by Janice P. Nimura
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    Jan 2021, 336 pages
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    Jan 18, 2022, 352 pages

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A stirring dual biography reveals the lives of two influential sisters at the dawn of modern medical science.

In The Doctors Blackwell, Janice P. Nimura paints a vivid picture of sisters Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell as they navigate uncharted territory to become the first women in the United States to obtain medical degrees. The author follows the globetrotting pair as they train in England, Scotland and France, and then go on to improve medical training for women by founding an infirmary and a women's medical college in New York, overcoming all obstacles placed in their paths.

The Blackwells immigrated to the United States from England in 1832, settling in Cincinnati, Ohio. Elizabeth, born in 1821, was the third of nine children, and Nimura's account primarily follows this remarkable woman as she embarks on the career for which she feels eminently suited – that of a medical doctor – in spite of the fact that in the mid-19th century no female had obtained a medical degree in the ...

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