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When Elizabeth Blackwell graduated from Geneva Medical School in 1849 she became the first woman doctor in the United States When she enrolled in the Medical Register of the United Kingdom this made her Europes first modern woman doctor Elizabeth Blackwell was born in 1821 in Bristol England She was one of nine children and her father was a very prosperous sugar refiner Her family immigrated to New York City in 1832 Her family was very active in the abolitionist movement in New York Her fathers refinery did not prosper and forced the family to move to Cincinnati Ohio in 1838 Her father died shortly after this move and meant that the boys now needed to find work and the girls now needed to attend school The Blackwells made contributions in aiding escaped slaves and in the Intellectual movement In 1844 Elizabeth determined that she wanted to become a doctor At first she had trouble because no medical school would admit her because of her gender Because of this she studied privately with doctors in Philadelphia and in the South In 1847 Elizabeth was admitted to the Geneva Medical School of Western New York This decision brought about much criticism but Elizabeth persevered and pursued her dream In 1849 she graduated from Geneva Medical School at the top of her class After this she went to Paris which at this time was the medical Mecca to take advanced studies but she was not permitted to study here either She was then forced to enter a large maternity hospital as a student midwife Here she contracted an infection and lost her sight in one eye She then went to London and there she was permitted to continue her studies In 1850 Elizabeth returned to New York City and was not allowed to practice medicine in any hospital During this time she fought hard for her rights to practice medicine She and
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