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The Doctors Blackwell by Janice Nimura

Coming January 19, 2021

“Deftly, with a keen eye, Janice P. Nimura has resurrected Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell in all their feisty, thrilling, trailblazing splendor.”
―Stacy Schiff

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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"The Blackwell sisters took on the medical establishment and won. Their incredible story has been crying out to be told, and in Janice Nimura they have the ideal biographer."

–Amanda Foreman, author of A World on Fire

Janice P. Nimura
2020-07-01T19:13:14+00:00

–Amanda Foreman, author of A World on Fire

"The Blackwell sisters took on the medical establishment and won. Their incredible story has been crying out to be told, and in Janice Nimura they have the ideal biographer."
"a splendid history of the Blackwell sisters. Gripping, vividly written, and moving...a surprisingly timely history of the misogynist, limited, still evolving Anglo-American medical profession."

–Blanche Wiesen Cook, author of Eleanor Roosevelt, Vols 1-3

Janice P. Nimura
2020-07-01T19:14:32+00:00

–Blanche Wiesen Cook, author of Eleanor Roosevelt, Vols 1-3

"a splendid history of the Blackwell sisters. Gripping, vividly written, and moving...a surprisingly timely history of the misogynist, limited, still evolving Anglo-American medical profession."
“All doctors and all patients owe a debt to these eccentric determined brilliant characters, Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell, who found their way across the strange and bloody landscape of nineteenth-century medicine, and transformed it forever.”

–Perri Klass, author of A Good Time to Be Born

Janice P. Nimura
2020-07-01T19:15:25+00:00

–Perri Klass, author of A Good Time to Be Born

“All doctors and all patients owe a debt to these eccentric determined brilliant characters, Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell, who found their way across the strange and bloody landscape of nineteenth-century medicine, and transformed it forever.”
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