The doctors Blackwell : how two pioneering sisters brought medicine to women--and women to medicine

by Nimura, Janice P.,

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Summary
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."

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman to earn a medical degree in the U.S., is a recognized pioneer, but her fight to complete her training and establish her career was part of a group effort. Elizabeth worked alongside another Dr. Blackwell, her younger sister Emily (the third woman to earn a medical degree in the U.S.), and other women who sought admission to the medical profession in the U.S., the UK, and France. NEH Public Scholar Award--winning author Nimura (Daughters of the Samurai, 2015) brings their world vividly to life in this portrait of the sisters and their professional partnership, which culminated in the establishment of a New York City clinic and, in 1869, a women's medical school. Nimura deftly reveals the differences between their experiences and ours through explorations of the theories, practices, and controversies of mid-nineteenth-century medicine; the Blackwells' ambiguous relationships with the women's rights and women's education movements; and the niche that they and other women found as practitioners for the poor, benefiting from the willingness of the wealthy to consign charity care to the women doctors who they themselves would not patronize. With the fiercely intelligent, prickly sisters at the center, Nimura's engrossing and enlightening group biography is highly recommended."
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Publisher's Weekly Review: "Historian Nimura (Daughters of the Samurai) probes the lives of the pioneering Blackwell sisters, Elizabeth (1821--1910) and Emily (1826--1910), in a captivating biography. The author charts the ambitious Elizabeth's path, as she became the first woman to receive a medical degree from an American medical college, at Geneva College in 1849, and went on to further study medicine in England and work at a maternity hospital in France, where an infection cost her her left eye and, thus, surgical career. The elder Blackwell sister emerges as an impressive but intimidating figure, a rigid idealist who equated illness with moral weakness and who disdained the suffrage movement even as she did much to advance the state of women. As Emily follows in her sister's footsteps, she is depicted more endearingly, as having a genuine interest in her patients and the "daily, steady effort of medical practice" that Elizabeth lacked. Though Emily often labored in her strong-willed sister's shadow, she was instrumental, Nimura argues, in the success of their New York Infirmary, founded in 1857. In recounting the lives of two ambitious figures who opened doors for many who came after them, Nimura casts a thoughtful and revelatory new light onto women's and medical history. (Jan.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Blackwell, Elizabeth, -- 1821-1910 -- Health.
Blackwell, Emily, -- 1826-1910 -- Health.
Women physicians -- United States -- Biography.
Women in medicine -- United States -- Biography.
Sexism in medicine.
Biographies.
Publisher New York, N.Y. :2021
Edition First edition.
Language English
Description 320 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Bibliography Notes Includes bibliographical references (pages 271-307) and index.
ISBN 9780393635546
0393635546
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