The Excellent Doctor Blackwell: The Life of the First Woman Physician
Yet by the time Dr Blackwell died in 1910 there were hundreds of women practising medicine on both sides of the Atlantic, thanks in no small part to her courage and determination.
This is a remarkable story, and one by no means confined to medicine. It embraces
slavery, the women’s rights movement, the American Civil War and Elizabeth’s personal
tragedy (she lost an eye in Paris) -
Using a treasure trove of primary sources, the book reveals how Elizabeth Blackwell’s pioneering efforts helped to fundamentally change the status of women in the West.
‘Julia Boyd resists the temptation to turn Blackwell into one of those old-
‘One can only hope that this excellent biography of an excellent doctor will help garner Blackwell the renown she has always deserved.’
New England Journal of Medicine
‘Julia Boyd's superb biography reveals B as a complex, tenacious and often frustrating
character whose extraordinary single-