THE FIRST WOMAN DOCTOR by Rachel Baker
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THE FIRST WOMAN DOCTOR

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I was fascinated by this biography of Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, who -- in pre-Civil War days -- became America's first woman doctor. The story starts with early childhood in England, and an unusual picture of family life where the girls were given the same chances the boys were given. Then the move to America, the struggles for a living, and the gradual realization -- on the part of Elizabeth -- that medicine was what she really wanted, and not teaching or any of the other accepted fields. Her difficulties in being accepted at any accredited school, her enrollment at Geneva and the problems encountered -- and overcome; the two years' internship and training abroad, and finally, the uphill climb in establishing a practice and a foothold in social medicine in New York. Excellent choice of subject -- in a little touched field.

Pub Date: March 1st, 1944
Publisher: Messner