Pioneer Work in Opening the Medical Profession to Women: Autobiographical Sketches

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Longmans, Green, and Company, 1895 - Medicine - 265 pages
Elizabeth Blackwell, though born in England, was reared in the United States and was the first woman to receive a medical degree here, obtaining it from the Geneva Medical College, Geneva, New York, in 1849. A pioneer in opening the medical profession to women, she founded hospitals and medical schools for women in both the United States and England. She was a lecturer and writer as well as an able physician and organizer. -- H.W. Orr.

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Page 52 - Refrain from these men, and let them alone: for if this counsel or this work be of men, it will come to nought: But if it be of God, ye cannot overthrow it; lest haply ye be found even to fight against God.
Page 73 - For the Lord God is a sun and shield: the Lord will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.
Page 66 - Resolved — That one of the radical principles of a Republican Government is the universal education of both sexes ; that to every branch of scientific education the door should be open equally to all ; that the application of Elizabeth Blackwell to become a member of our class meets our entire approbation ; and in extending our unanimous invitation we pledge ourselves that no conduct of ours shall cause her to regret her attendance at this institution.
Page 29 - The idea of winning a doctor's degree gradually assumed the aspect of a great moral struggle, and the moral fight possessed immense attraction for me.
Page 261 - blue." You'd spare your sneers, I rather Think, my young fellows, if you knew What physic costs a father! How much more blest were married life To men of small condition, If every one could have his wife For family physician; His nursery kept from ailments free, By proper regulation, And for advice his only fee A thankful salutation. For Doctrix Blackwell — that's the way To dub in rightful gender — In her profession, ever may Prosperity attend her! "Punch" a gold-handled parasol Suggests for...
Page 93 - God ; ... do you think I care about medicine ? Nay, verily, it's just to kill the devil, whom I hate so heartily — that's the fact, mother ; and if that isn't forming Christ in one, the hope of Glory, why, I don't know what is. So pray comfort yourself, and have faith that such a ' child of many prayers ' will be fixed up all straight at last.
Page 260 - Young ladies all, of every clime, Especially of Britain, Who wholly occupy your time In novels or in knitting, Whose highest skill is but to play. Sing, dance, or French to clack well, Reflect on the example, pray, Of excellent Miss Blackwell...
Page 210 - Zackrzewska at the hotel where she was staying to prefer our request. She received us courteously, listened with kindness to an explanation of the object of our visit and of the needs of the infirmary ; but when she heard that the physicians of the institution were women she sprang up to her full height, turned her flashing eyes upon us, and with the deepest tragic tones of her magnificent voice exclaimed : " Trust a woman — as a DOCTOR ! — NEVER...
Page 260 - Not always is the warrior male, Nor masculine the sailor; We all know Zaragossa's tale, We've all heard "Billy Taylor;" But far a nobler heroine, she Who won the palm of knowledge, And took a Medical Degree, By study at her College. They talk about the gentler sex Mankind in sickness tending, And o'er the patient's couch their necks Solicitously bending; But what avails solicitude In fever or in phthisic, If lovely woman's not imbued With one idea of physic? Young ladies all, of every clime, Especially...
Page 60 - June 2.—Felt gloomy as thunder, trudging round to Dr. Darrach. He is the most non-committal man I ever saw. I harangued him, and he sat full five minutes without a word. I asked at last if he could give me any encouragement. ' The subject is a novel one, madam, I have nothing to say either for or against it; you have awakened trains of thought upon which my mind is taking action, but I cannot express my opinion to you either one way or another.

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