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Daemon
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Elizabeth Blackwell (1821)

Blackwell chose to pursue a medical education at a time when doctors were almost exclusively male. Consequently, she was rejected by many medical schools before one in New York accepted her. In 1849, she became the first woman in the US to receive a medical degree, but her struggle did not end there. Barred from practice in most hospitals, she, her sister, and another female doctor founded their own practice and later a women's medical college. How did a joke gone wrong give Blackwell her start? More...
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Interesting. Did not know there was an Asheville, NC connection.
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A joke gone wrong? And another female doctor?

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Daemon wrote:
Elizabeth Blackwell (1821)

Blackwell chose to pursue a medical education at a time when doctors were almost exclusively male. Consequently, she was rejected by many medical schools before one in New York accepted her. In 1849, she became the first woman in the US to receive a medical degree, but her struggle did not end there. Barred from practice in most hospitals, she, her sister, and another female doctor founded their own practice and later a women's medical college. How did a joke gone wrong give Blackwell her start? More...


Joke gone wrong went something like this, "In October 1847, Blackwell was accepted as a medical student by Geneva Medical College, now Hobart College, located in upstate New York. Her acceptance was a near-accident. The dean and faculty, usually responsible for evaluating an applicant for matriculation, were not able to make a decision due to the special nature of Blackwell's case. They put the issue up to vote by the 150 male students of the class with the stipulation that if one student objected, Blackwell would be turned away. The young men thought this request was so ludicrous that they believed it to be a joke, and responding accordingly, voted unanimously to accept her." She changed the dynamics of the class room and made a significant impact on the school.

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