Female doctors were unheard of in 1847.
People at that time thought women were not
fit to deal with blood, bones, and diseases.
But rather than refuse his friend’s request, Dr.
Lee asked the students to decide. “If any single
student objects,” he said, “then the woman will
not be admitted.”
that evening and began trading wisecracks.
out men mothers?”
en thought that it would be fun to have a
thought that admitting a woman would be
faculty. When the time came to decide, the
lone opposing vote and made the unanimous
rived at Geneva two weeks later. The small, fair-
about becoming a doctor. She also hoped that
s rights in general.
orn in England in 1821, and when she was
ith her family to America. She grew up in a
npopular ideas. Elizabeth listened intently as
guests discussed ways to fight slavery and child
DR. LEE, THE dean of Geneva Medical
College in Geneva, New York, stood nervously
before the anatomy class. “Gentlemen, I have a
letter here that contains a very strange request.”
The letter was from his friend, Dr. Warrington
of Philadelphia. “Dr. Warrington asks that the
college admit a woman who wishes to become
... ,” he hesitated, “a doctor.”
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ANATOMY IS THE
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