Because Samuel Blackwell was a dissenter one who refuses to accept the authority of an established churchthe Blackwell children were denied public schooling. Samuel hired private tutors who went against English tradition and instructed the girls in the same subjects as the boys.
Hannah Blackwell inspired her children by introducing them to music and literature. Samuel Blackwell soon became a strong supporter of abolition, the movement to end slavery in America.
He also established a sugar refinery in New York City and was doing quite well until the economy faltered in and he lost most of his wealth. In the Blackwells moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, hoping for a new start. But within a few months Samuel Blackwell died, leaving his family unprovided for.
The three oldest girls supported the family for several years by operating a boarding school for young women. Seeking an education In Elizabeth Blackwell accepted a teaching position in Henderson, Kentucky, but local racial attitudes offended her strong abolitionist beliefs and she resigned at the end of the year.
She also urged Elizabeth to study medicine. At first Blackwell disregarded the idea of becoming a doctor. But eventually her ideas changed, and the thought of becoming a doctor turned into an obsession. Friends discouraged her, though, and even recommended that, if she chose to study medicine, her best choice was to move to France, disguise herself as a man, and only then would she be accepted into medical school.
In Blackwell moved to Asheville, North Carolina, where she taught school and, with the help of physician John Dickson, studied medicine in her spare time. Blackwell later learned that her application to the Geneva school was initially rejected and she was only admitted as some sort of practical joke, for no woman had ever attempted to gain admittance into a medical school.
All eyes were upon the young woman whom many regarded as immoral sinful or simply mad. At first Blackwell was even barred from attending classroom demonstrations.
Her graduation in was highly publicized on both sides of the Atlantic. While working with the children, she contracted purulent conjunctivitis, an eye infection which left her blind in one eye.
Setting up practice Handicapped by partial blindness, Dr. Blackwell gave up her ambition to become a surgeon and began practice at St. In she returned to New York City, where she applied for several positions as a physician, but was rejected because she was a woman. Blackwell then established a private practice in a rented room, where her sister Emily, who had also pursued a medical career, soon joined her.
Their modest dispensary medical office later became the New York Infirmary and College for Women, operated by and for women. Blackwell also continued to fight for the admission of women to medical schools.
Blackwell set up practice in London and continued her efforts to open the medical profession to women. Her articles and her autobiography attracted widespread attention. From to she was professor of gynecology at the London School of Medicine for Women. She died at her home in Hastings inleaving behind a legacy that would pave the way for countless generations of female physicians.Elizabeth Blackwell - National Library of Scotland - Although largely unknown today, Elizabeth Blackwell made a significant contribution to medical knowledge and to the art of botanical illustration.
Her multi-volume work, 'A curious herbal', published in the s, was an invaluable resource for doctors. Elizabeth Blackwell (born ) was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States.
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Her sister Emily was the woman in the US to get a medical degree. In honor of Elizabeth Blackwell’s February 3 birthday, findingDulcinea looks at her pioneering work as a medical student, practitioner and educator.
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