CHILD OF DESTINY by Ishbel Rose

CHILD OF DESTINY

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KIRKUS REVIEW

A thoroughly worthwhile biography that never underestimates the integrity of its subject but which does manage to soften which might have been a wholly austere picture of a dedicated life, this tells of Elizabeth Blackwell and her career as first woman doctor in the United States. The story of her talented, lively family, their migration from England to New York City, Cincinnati, her early days of school teaching and her long battle to achieve her ambition to become a doctor are given all possible personal touches, and a warm feeling for the people involved. What it meant in the 19th century to get a medical education here, in Paris, in England, what her near-blindness led to, how the New York Infirmary was founded and how it was staffed by women, what she did in choosing nurses for the Union Army, how she fought for reforms, and how she rounded out her life with an adopted daughter and with her sister Emily who followed in her footsteps -- these are part of Dr. Blackwell's inspired story. It contributes a fine chapter to women's part in modern life.

Publisher: Harper