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Lone Woman: The story of Elizabeth Balckwell, the first woman doctor
Lone Woman The story of Elizabeth Balckwell the first woman doctor Author:Dorothy Clarke Wilson One seldom hears the phrase "double standard" today, yet that condition was all too real in mid-nineteenth-century America. It described the common lot of women--in the professions, in the economic sphere, in politics , and in the home. Yet even in those days there were a few determined women who refused to accept the status quo. Such a one w... more »as Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman in the United States to receive a medical degree.
Although Dr. Blackwell worked as a general practitioner in New York City, she is best remembered today, with her sister Dr. Emily Blackwell, as the founder of the New York Infirmary for Women and children. The Infirmary was later expanded to include a women's college for training doctors, and this important medical unit still stands today at Stuyvesant Square and Fifteenth Street. It is a modern, flourishing memorial to the Blackwell sisters and to the courage and unflagging conviction which made their dream a reality.« less