Elizabeth Blackwell Became The First Female Doctor In America On This Date In 1849

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It was on this date in 1849 that Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in United States history to earn her medical degree. She attended the Geneva College in New York, which eventually changed its name to the Hobart College, where she graduated with the highest grades in her class. Blackwell then ran a private practice for a few years where she learned the ins and outs of the medical industry. She then teamed up with her sister Emily, also a doctor, and started the New York Infirmary for Women and Children which was the fist of its kind in America. In 1875, Elizabeth returned to her home country of England where she became a professor at the London School of Medicine for Women where she helped originate the discipline of gynecology.

London School of Medicine for Woman Photo: flickr

London School of Medicine for Woman
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