The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine

The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine

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."

Title:The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780393635546
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    The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women and Women to Medicine Reviews

  • Caren

    While the focus of this book is on the two Blackwell sisters who became the first women to receive medical degrees in the United States, it also touches on a lot of what was going on in their world, n...

  • The Library Lady

    I first read about Elizabeth Blackwell in one of those reverent old fashioned kids biographies, long ago, so I was fascinated to read Blackwell's real story. Nimura has done her research well, and I l...

  • Sally Stieglitz

    What distinguishes this book from other non-fiction historical accounts is the marriage of readability and meticulous documentation. The author manages deft storytelling to make the reader wonder, "ho...

  • Morgan

    This is a rather heavy, dense tome. Well researched I’m sure but not written in a reader-friendly way, at least not for me.Having just recently read “They dared to be Doctors: Elizabeth Blackwell ...

  • Patricia

    I found THE DOCTORS BLACKWELL to be a very well written book. The author did her job well. This book was also entertaining and will be enjoyed by females everywhere!...

  • Maureen Caupp

    Interesting and well researched. I appreciate that it doesn't just idolize Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell, but shows their lives and traits. Both sisters were determined pioneers, and I admire their de...

  • Dawn

    This was just ok. It was a very interesting topic but the writing was a little dry. ...

  • Krisette Spangler

    I'm not sure why some reviewers felt this book was dry. It was great. I loved reading about the Blackwell sisters and their struggle to become doctors. The sisters themselves weren't really warm fuzzy...

  • Martha Anne Toll

    Here’s my review for NPR Books https://www.npr.org/2021/01/21/958770......

  • Christine

    The odds are decent that you have never heard of Elizabeth & Emily Blackwell. Good news! This is the book for you.Author Janice Nimura gives us a compelling and approachable biography of the Blackwell...