Elizabeth Blackwell: America's First Female Doctor

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Impossible! Unheard of! When Elizabeth Blackwell decided to become a doctor, she repeatedly heard those comments. In mid-19th century, medicine was not a field open to women. But Blackwell wouldn't let that stop her from earning a medical degree at New York's Geneva Medical College in 1849. Blackwell's determination to succeed led her to become America's first woman doctor. Her pioneering spirit opened the door for women in medicine, inspiring generations that followed. ...
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Overview

Impossible! Unheard of! When Elizabeth Blackwell decided to become a doctor, she repeatedly heard those comments. In mid-19th century, medicine was not a field open to women. But Blackwell wouldn't let that stop her from earning a medical degree at New York's Geneva Medical College in 1849. Blackwell's determination to succeed led her to become America's first woman doctor. Her pioneering spirit opened the door for women in medicine, inspiring generations that followed.
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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Myrna Dee Marler
This interesting biography of a little-known female pioneer is well done. The text, factual and suitable for elementary school children, contains much information about Blackwell's life, motivations, political beliefs, and her personal relationships. Clearly, she had qualities of determination, persistence, and courage. She practiced medicine both in the United States and England. Also, in sidebars, the text contains profiles of famous people she met who were her contemporaries, facts about slavery, and other matters of historical context such as women and education, Uncle Tom's Cabin, and germ theory (which Blackwell did not believe in). The book is also well illustrated and should be of great interest to those seeking a subject for reports or who are interested in how the present world was shaped. Part of the "Life Portraits" series. Reviewer: Myrna Dee Marler
School Library Journal

Gr 6-9

Compelling lives, compellingly profiled. These books feature an abundance of extras-pull quotes; lots of captioned, color illustrations; and even rudimentary maps (important in Guevara , not so necessary, but still welcome, in Couric ). Pithy sidebars provide information about concepts or people incidental to the story, but do not dominate the pages. The authors are particularly fearless when it comes to outlining each subject's personality-something that some books soft-pedal when treating a person as prickly as Steve Jobs or as sensitive as Ray Bradbury. A short interview with a contemporary figure is a noteworthy addition to each title. Poet Wanda Phipps discusses Maya Angelou, for example, and the director of the Sierra Club talks about Rachel Carson. Each book's source notes, bibliography, time line, glossary, and further reading teach good report-writing skills by example.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781433900556
  • Publisher: Gareth Stevens Publishing
  • Publication date: 1/1/2009
  • Series: Life Portraits Series
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 934,651
  • Age range: 11 - 14 Years
  • Lexile: 930L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.60 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 A Woman Doctor! What Next? 7

Chapter 2 Family Ties, Family Struggles 15

Chapter 3 Life Changes 25

Chapter 4 The First Woman in Medical School 33

Chapter 5 Studies Abroad 45

Chapter 6 Dr. Blackwell, Open for Business 59

Chapter 7 The Civil War Era 71

Chapter 8 Pioneer Work 81

Chapter 9 A Life Well Spent 91

Time Line 98

A Conversation With Julie Gerberding 101

Glossary 104

For More Information 106

Select Bibliography and Source Notes 107

Index 109

About the Author 112

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