This Day in History:
First Woman M.D.
January 23, 1849 Elizabeth Blackwell was
granted a medical degree
from Geneva College in New York,
now known as Hobart College.
She became the first female
to be officially recognized
as a physician in U.S. history.
Born in Bristol, England, Blackwell
came to the United States in her youth
and attended the medical faculty of Geneva College.
After several years of private practice,
she co-founded the New York
Infirmary for Women and Children
In 1868, the institution
was expanded to include a
women’s college for the
training of nurses and doctors.
Blackwell returned to England,
where she became professor
of gynecology at the London
School of Medicine for Women in 1875.