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The Arts and Medicine
August 10, 2021

The Doctors Blackwell—Biography of Pioneering Women in Medicine

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  • 1Family Medicine and Community Health, University of Massachusetts Medical School, Harvard Medical School, Boston
JAMA. 2021;326(6):467-468. doi:10.1001/jama.2021.7493

To honor the 200th anniversary of the birth of Elizabeth Blackwell, MD, the first woman to graduate from medical school in the US, Janice Nimura has published a dual biography of Elizabeth (1821-1910) and Emily (1826-1910), her younger sister and physician colleague.1 The Blackwell sisters opened the doors of the medical profession to women and charted a path for subsequent generations to pursue medical education and training until today, when women comprise more than half of medical students in the US.2

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