bessie blackwell

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Blackwell Black·well (blāk'wěl', -wəl), Elizabeth. 1821-1910.

British-born American physician who was the first woman to be awarded a medical doctorate in modern times (1849). In 1853 she founded an infirmary for women and children in New York City that her sister Emily Blackwell (1826-1910), also a physician, directed (1869-1910) and built into an accredited medical school.

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