Illustration Daily – Day 79: Doctor

By popular request, here is more clothing for my paper doll, this time she’s dressing as a doctor. So, it seems a good time to talk about the first female doctor, Elizabeth Blackwell. Blackwell received her medical degree from the Geneva Medical College in 1849. On receiving her application the faculty put the decision of Blackwell’s admittance up to a vote, believing that the all-male student body would reject the idea of a woman studying alongside them. As a joke, the students voted ‘yes’, and Blackwell was allowed to attend. After she graduated, Blackwell proved that her abilities were no joke: treating patients, writing books, and ultimately establishing an infirmary and medical college for women.

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Doctor, 5″x5″, ink, and watercolor on illustration board

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