Sunday, August 9, 2009

Elizabeth Blackwell Physician, 1821—1910. England

After a poor childhood, she entered medical school and after several attempts, she graduated as an M.D. in 1849, the first woman to do so. She then studied in Europe and returned to organize with her sister Emily, also a doctor, the New York Infirmary for Women and Children. At the beginning of the Civil War she held the first meeting in New York, that organized the Centralization of Women’s Relief Activities which became, a few months later, the Sanitary Commission. After the war she was active both in America and England in gynecology and obstetrics. Submitted by Bob Rasmussen