Elizabeth Blackwell: America's First Woman Doctor


Tells the story of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to earn a medical degree in the United States. Written in graphic-novel format.
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Tells the story of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to earn a medical degree in the United States. Written in graphic-novel format.
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Children's Literature - Naomi Milliner
Born in 1821, Elizabeth Blackwell and her eight siblings were home-schooled in England. Unlike most people of that era, her parents valued a girl's education as much as a boy's. Given this unorthodox beginning, it's no surprise that Elizabeth became a pioneer in her field. After relocating to America, she was motivated to study medicine after a female friend died of cancer. Two years spent teaching yielded the necessary tuition; but medical schools weren't buying the notion of a female doctor. Despite numerous rejections—and the suggestion of disguising herself as a man and studying in Paris!—Elizabeth persevered until Geneva Medical College (her thirtieth application!) accepted her. Despite doubting professors and disapproving females, she not only completed her schooling, but graduated at the top of her class. Since no American hospital would train a woman doctor, however, she went to Paris for further study. While tending a sick infant there, Elizabeth's eye became badly infected, and she was forced to have it removed. Upon returning to England, she met, befriended, and inspired a kindred spirit: Florence Nightingale. Back in the United States, Elizabeth held clinics for the poor, encouraged proper hygiene, and opened several hospitals alongside her sister, who also became a doctor. While the illustrations in this "Graphic Biographies" series title are pleasing, the dialogue is trite, and important milestones, like adopting a child, are only mentioned apart from the main text. A fascinating subject and outstanding role model like this deserves less superficial treatment.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780736864978
  • Publisher: Capstone Press
  • Publication date: 9/1/2006
  • Series: Crime Solvers Series
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 1,486,565
  • Age range: 8 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: GN570L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.06 (w) x 9.28 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Trina Robbins grew up in Brooklyn, New York. Her mother, a second-grade schoolteacher, taught her to read at age four. She says, "It is the greatest gift anyone has ever given to me." Robbins turned her love of books into a lifelong career. For more than 30 years, she has been writing graphic novels and children's books. Her work includes comics such as Wonder Woman and Powerpuff Girls, as well as GoGirl!, her own graphic novel series for girls.

Cynthia Martin has worked in comics and animation since 1983. Her credits include Star Wars, Spider-Man, and Wonder Woman for Marvel Comics and DC Comics, in addition to work as a storyboard artist for Sony Children's Entertainment and the Krislin Company. Cynthia's recent projects include an extensive series of graphic novels for Capstone Press and two issues of Blue Beetle for DC Comics. She also illustrated the book Alley of Shadows, published by Stone Arch Books.

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Table of Contents

A Dream Is Born     4
Studying Medicine     10
Troubles in Paris     18
A Dream Comes True     22
More about Elizabeth Blackwell     28
Glossary     30
Internet Sites     30
Read More     31
Bibliography     31
Index     32
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2008

    Elizabeth Blackwell a histoical lady

    I think this a great book and it is something to express women doctors and how she became the first women doctor and i tshows the effort she put in to it so if you put effort in it and you try your best you will probally succesed!

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