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The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine

The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine

by Janice P. Nimura

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Overview

“Deftly, with a keen eye, Janice P. Nimura has resurrected Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell in all their feisty, thrilling, trailblazing splendor.”—Stacy Schiff

The world recoiled at the notion of a woman doctor, yet Elizabeth Blackwell persisted—in 1849, she became the first woman in America to receive an MD. Her achievement made her an icon—“I am convinced that a new & nobler era is dawning, for Medicine,” she wrote—but her sister Emily, eternally eclipsed, was the more brilliant physician. Together they founded the first hospital staffed entirely by women, in New York City.

Both sisters were tenacious and visionary, but their convictions did not always align with the emergence of women’s rights—or with each other. “Doubt is disease,” Elizabeth insisted. They prevailed against fierce resistance from the male establishment, moving among Britain, France, and America during a tumultuous time of scientific discovery and civil war. This major new biography celebrates two complicated pioneers who exploded the limits of possibility. As Elizabeth predicted, “a hundred years hence, women will not be what they are now.”


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393635546
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 01/19/2021
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 478,676
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.00(d)

About the Author

Janice P. Nimura is the winner of a 2017 National Endowment for the Humanities Public Scholar award and the author of Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back, a New York Times Notable Book. She lives in New York City.

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