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Author: Janice P. Nimura Narrator: Laural Merlington Publisher: Highbridge Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2021 ISBN: 9781696603188
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Elizabeth Blackwell believed from an early age that she was destined for a mission beyond the scope of "ordinary" womanhood. Though the world at first recoiled at the notion of a woman studying medicine, her intelligence and intensity ultimately won her the acceptance of the male medical establishment. In 1849, she became the first woman in America to receive an MD. She was soon joined in her iconic achievement by her younger sister, Emily, who was actually the more brilliant physician.

Exploring the sisters' allies, enemies, and enduring partnership, Janice P. Nimura presents a story of trial and triumph. Together, the Blackwells founded the New York Infirmary for Indigent Women and Children, the first hospital staffed entirely by women. Both sisters were tenacious and visionary, but their convictions did not always align with the emergence of women's rights—or with each other. From Bristol, Paris, and Edinburgh to the rising cities of antebellum America, this richly researched new biography celebrates two complicated pioneers who exploded the limits of possibility for women in medicine. As Elizabeth herself predicted, "a hundred years hence, women will not be what they are now." Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “Nimura’s portrait of the Blackwells’ America blazes with hallucinatory energy.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “Nimura shocks and enthralls with her blunt, vivid storytelling.”

    Discover magazine

  • “Examines Emily Blackwell’s brilliance and how the sisters’ achievements and (at times contentious) partnership changed the landscape of American medicine for good.”

    Washington Post

  • “Casts a thoughtful and revelatory new light onto women’s and medical history.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice of the Week
  • #1 Amazon bestseller

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About the Author

Janice P. Nimura is the winner of a 2017 Public Scholar Award from the National Endowment for the Humanities. She is the author of The Doctors Blackwell and of Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back, which was named a New York Times Notable Book of the Year.

About the Narrator

Laural Merlington is an audiobook narrator with over two hundred titles to her credit and a winner of multiple Earphones Awards. An Audie Award nominee, she has also directed over one hundred audiobooks. She has performed and directed for thirty years in theaters throughout the country. In addition to her extensive theater and voice-over work, she teaches college in her home state of Michigan.