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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New York Times Bestseller


"Janice P. Nimura has resurrected Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell in all their feisty, thrilling, trailblazing splendor." —Stacy Schiff

Elizabeth Blackwell believed from an early age that she was destined for a mission beyond the scope of "ordinary" womanhood. Though the world at first recoiled at the notion of a woman studying medicine, her intelligence and intensity ultimately won her the acceptance of the male medical establishment. In 1849, she became the first woman in America to receive an M.D. She was soon joined in her iconic achievement by her younger sister, Emily, who was actually the more brilliant physician.

Exploring the sisters’ allies, enemies, and enduring partnership, Janice P. Nimura presents a story of trial and triumph. Together, the Blackwells founded the New York Infirmary for Indigent Women and Children, the first hospital staffed entirely by women. Both sisters were tenacious and visionary, but their convictions did not always align with the emergence of women’s rights—or with each other. From Bristol, Paris, and Edinburgh to the rising cities of antebellum America, this richly researched new biography celebrates two complicated pioneers who exploded the limits of possibility for women in medicine. As Elizabeth herself 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: 336
Sales rank: 6,779
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Janice P. Nimura is the winner of a 2017 Public Scholar award from the National Endowment for the Humanities 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.

Table of Contents

Prologue 1

Chapter 1 Bristol-New York-Cincinnati 5

Chapter 2 Betweenity 23

Chapter 3 Admission 41

Chapter 4 Blockley Almshouse 58

Chapter 5 Diploma 71

Chapter 6 Paris 86

Chapter 7 Setback 104

Chapter 8 London 117

Chapter 9 Practice 132

Chapter 10 Admission, Again 148

Chapter 11 Edinburgh 161

Chapter 12 New Faces 177

Chapter 13 Infirmary 195

Chapter 14 Recognition 210

Chapter 15 War 224

Chapter 16 College 235

Chapter 17 Divergence 250

Coda 264

Acknowledgments 269

Notes 271

Bibliography 303

Index 309

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