Virtual Book Talk: The Doctor’s Blackwell, A Book on America’s First Female Doctor


Join author Janice P. Nimura for a virtual talk about her new book, The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters  Brought Medicine to Women - and Women to Medicine. The world recoiled at the notion of a woman doctor, yet Elizabeth Blackwell persisted―in 1849, she became the first woman in America to receive an MD. Her achievement made her an icon―“I am convinced that a new & nobler era is dawning, for Medicine,” she wrote―but her sister Emily, eternally eclipsed, was the more brilliant physician. Together they founded the first hospital staffed entirely by women, in New York City.

Both sisters were tenacious and visionary, but their convictions did not always align with the emergence of women’s rights―or with each other. “Doubt is disease,” Elizabeth insisted. They prevailed against fierce resistance from the male establishment, moving among Britain, France, and America during a tumultuous time of scientific discovery and civil war. This major new biography celebrates two complicated pioneers who exploded the limits of possibility. As Elizabeth predicted, “a hundred years hence, women will not be what they are now.”



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Headshot Photograph by Lucy Schaeffer, Book Cover Courtesy of the Author