The Excellent Doctor Blackwell by Julia Boyd

Author: Julia Boyd

Category: History, Politics and Culture

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Deal starts: March 30, 2023

Deal ends: March 30, 2023


When British-born Elizabeth Blackwell earned her medical degree in America in 1849 there was an international outcry. Few at the time would have disagreed with the actress Fanny Kemble’s remark – ‘What, trust a woman doctor – never!’
Yet by the time Dr Blackwell died in 1910 there were hundreds of women practising medicine on both sides of the Atlantic, thanks in no small part to her courage and determination. Using a treasure trove of primary sources, the book reveals how Elizabeth Blackwell’s pioneering efforts helped to fundamentally change the status of women in the West.
The Excellent Doctor Blackwell tells a remarkable story, taking in the women’s rights movement, the American Civil War and Elizabeth’s personal tragedy, with a fascinating cast of characters, from Abraham Lincoln to Florence Nightingale.
Praise for The Excellent Doctor Blackwell:
‘Julia Boyd resists the temptation to turn Blackwell into one of those old-fashioned feminist icons of the 1970s... the result is thorough and, above all, thoughtful’ - The Guardian
‘One can only hope that this excellent biography of an excellent doctor will help garner Blackwell the renown she has always deserved’ - New England Journal of Medicine
‘Julia Boyd's superb biography reveals B as a complex, tenacious and often frustrating character whose extraordinary single-mindedness changed our world’ - Victorian Geek
Julia Boyd worked at the Victoria and Albert Museum before accompanying her diplomat husband on various foreign postings. An accomplished researcher, she has published a number of books including Hannah Riddell: An Englishwoman in Japan, and A Dance with the Dragon: the Vanished World of Peking’s Foreign Colony.