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That Girl There Is Doctor Is Medicine. Elizabeth Blackwell, America's First Woman M.D. written in white lettering.

This is an online version of an exhibit held at the National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Md., Jan. 23-Sept. 4, 1999

Half-length, full face pencil drawing of Elizabeth Blackwell seated in a chair.

Elizabeth Blackwell, aged 38.
Pencil drawing by Comptesse de Charnacee
Glasgow University Archives

On the morning of Tuesday, January 23, 1849, a young woman ascended the platform of the Presbyterian church in Geneva, N.Y., and received from the hands of the President of Geneva Medical College a diploma conferring upon her the degree of Doctor of Medicine. Thus, after many years of determined effort, Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman to complete a course of study at a medical college and receive the M.D. degree.