Jun 01, 2023 - Sale 2639

Sale 2639 - Lot 158

Price Realized: $ 4,750
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 3,000 - $ 5,000
Blackwell, Elizabeth (1821-1910)
The Laws of Life with Special Reference to the Physical Education of Girls.

New York: George P. Putnam, 1852.

First edition, octavo, half-title present, bound in publisher's brown cloth blocked in blind with title in gold on spine, slight wear at head and tail with some loss to covering material, textblock and sewing somewhat shaken, with a gap along the gutter between title and half-title, 7 x 4 3/4 in.

Blackwell, the first woman to earn a medical degree in the United States, struggled to gain admission at any medical school beginning in the 1840s. At that time, women banned from studying medicine at all American medical schools. She gained entrance to Geneva Medical College in Geneva, New York only after the population of male students voted unanimously to allow her admittance to study. The Laws of Life was Dr. Blackwell's first published work. Insights gleaned from clinical practice and enlightened by her approach to care are seen through the lens of the doctor's values. The work emphasizes the importance of social stability for girls and women and its influence on their individual health. The intended audience for The Laws of Life was girls and women themselves, and not male physicians who cared for female patients.