Thursday, Feb 04, 2021 6:00p -
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Join the Boston Public Library in partnership with American Ancestors/New England Historic Genealogical Society (AA/NEHGS) and the GBH Forum Network for a discussion—one that is also included in our American Stories, Inspiration Today series—about women in medicine, revealing the remarkable lives of Elizabeth Blackwell, the first woman in America to receive an MD in 1849, and her younger sister Emily, an even more brilliant physician. This talk, which is additionally part of the BPL's Repairing America series, will be moderated by Perri Klass, MD.
People who are interested in attending must register. Visit the following link to access the registration page: https://wgbh.zoom.us/webinar/register/5816097668373/WN_ryfbZkhRQCaNOwKTWboeQg
Exploring their allies, enemies, and enduring partnership, Janice P. Nimura presents their story of trials and triumph in The Doctors Blackwell: How Two Pioneering Sisters Brought Medicine to Women—and Women to Medicine. From Bristol, Paris, and Edinburgh to the rising cities of antebellum America, this richly researched new biography celebrates these two complicated pioneers who exploded the limits of possibility for women. Don’t miss hearing about America’s first female doctors “resurrected in all their feisty, thrilling, trailblazing splendor" (Stacy Schiff).
THE DOCTORS BLACKWELL illuminates these two remarkable women—in all their complicated, contradictory brilliance—whose profound influence changed the medical profession forever. As Amanda Foreman, author of Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire, enthuses, “The Blackwell sisters took on the medical establishment and won. They are heroines, not just of their time, but for every age. Their incredible story has been crying out to be told, and in Janice Nimura they have the ideal biographer.” And Blanche Wiesen Cook, author of Eleanor Roosevelt, Volumes 1, 2 & 3, writes, "Gripping, vividly written, and moving, it is also a surprisingly timely history of the misogynist, limited, still evolving Anglo-American medical profession."
“A riveting dual biography of America’s first female physicians... Deftly weav[es] together a dramatic true story that reads like a work of historical fiction... Maintaining narrative momentum, Nimura packs the text with evocative, memorable vignettes... Peppered with appearances from Abraham Lincoln, Florence Nightingale, Susan B. Anthony, and others, the text is a vibrant landscape that affirms the prominent place of the Blackwell sisters in medical history... A compellingly portrayed and vividly realized biography of triumph and trailblazing.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review
To order signed copies of The Doctors Blackwell from Porter Square Books, one of the BPL's community bookstore partners, visit https://www.portersquarebooks.com/
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Janice P. Nimura is the winner of a 2017 Public Scholar award from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the author of Daughters of the Samurai: A Journey from East to West and Back, a New York Times Notable Book.
Perri Klass, MD, a Professor of Journalism and Pediatrics at New York University, writes weekly for the New York Times Science Section. She attended Harvard Medical School and completed her residency in pediatrics at Children’s Hospital, Boston. Her new book, A Good Time to Be Born, traces how history, culture, and parenting have been transformed by the radical decline of infant and child mortality.
American Stories, Inspiration Today: In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic of 2020, as everyone follows official orders to stay at home and practice social distancing, the Boston Public Library and the American Inspiration series of American Ancestors have partnered to present virtual events for the Boston community – and curious readers everywhere. These online video conversations feature celebrated authors and their new books. The series American Stories, Inspiration Today is produced in partnership with the GBH Forum Network and is presented free to the public.
The Repairing America Initiative is the Boston Public Library's pledge to focus its 2021 programming and services on bridging the gaps that divide America. By prioritizing economic recovery, civic engagement, COVID-19 recovery, racial equity, workforce development, and youth engagement, the BPL is working to help Americans rise above the challenges they face.