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IN OPENING THE

MEDICAL PROFESSION TO WOMEN

AUTOBIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES

BY

DR. ELIZABETH BLACKWELL

AUTHOR OF

THE MORAL EDUCATION OF THE YOUNG' ETC.

LONDON
LONGMANS, GREEN, AND CO

AND NEW YORK

1895

All rights reserved

LANE LIBRARY. STANFORD UNIVERSITY

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PREFACE

It has often been urged that a record should be preserved of some of the first efforts by means of which the medical profession of our day has been opened to women.

In the belief that a large providential guidance may often be recognised in the comparatively trivial incidents of an individual life, this request of many friends is here complied with.

The possession of old journals and of family correspondence gives accuracy to these details of

past years.

HASTINGS, 1895.

CONTENTS

CHAPTER I

EARLY YEARS

1821

PAGE

Family Life in England—Walks around Bristol-May Mis-

sionary Meetings-A Vivid Reminiscence- Bristol Riots--
Early Religious Impressions --Emigration to the United
States-Schooldays in New York -Anti-slavery-Removal
to Ohio - The Struggle of Life-Establishment of Boarding-
school-The Wider Education of Women - Join the Episcopal
Church-General Harrison's Election-Transcendentalism
- The Rev. W. H. Channing's Congregation-Experiences
in Henderson, Kentucky

CHAPTER II

EARNING MONEY FOR STUDY

1845

The Medical Idea taking Shape-Lack of an Absorbing Object

- Objection to falling in Love-Struggles with Disinclina-
tion to the Study of Medicine-The Moral Aspect of the
Work conquers-Resolution to earn Money for Study--
Journey to Asheville, N.C. --Life in Asheville--Journey to
Charleston, S.C.-- Teaching at Mrs. du Pré's—Reading
Medicine with Dr. S. H. Dickson-Sivori Concerts--Calhoun
on States Rights-Dr. Warrington on Medical Study--
Boarding-school Experiences --Summer at Aiken, S.C.

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