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Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
(1836-1917) born on
Jun 09
English physician. She was the first English doctor, 1870s, and the first female mayor, 1908; worked to admit women to professional education, especially in medicine.
         
   
F
I asked [my father] what there was to make doctoring more disgusting than nursing, which women were always doing, and which ladies had done publicly in the Crimea. He could not tell me.

R
At first he was very discouraging, to my astonishment then, but now I fancy he did it as a forlorn hope to check me; he said the whole idea was so disgusting that he could not entertain it for a moment.
A
When I felt rather overcome with [my father's] opposition, I said as firmly as I could, that I must have this or something else, that I could not live without some real work.
N
I think he will probably come round in time, I mean to renew the subject pretty often.
K
[My mother] speaks of my step being a source of life-long pain to her, that it is a living death, etc. By the same post I had several letters from anxious relatives, telling me that it was my duty to come home and thus ease my mother's anxiety.
 
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Published Sources for the above Quotations:
F: Letter, 15 Jun 1860, to her Emily Davies; found at www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/WandersonE.htm.
R: Letter, 15 Jun 1860, to her Emily Davies; found at www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/WandersonE.htm.
A: Letter, 15 Jun 1860, to her Emily Davies; found at www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/WandersonE.htm.
N: On her father; Letter, 15 Jun 1860, to her Emily Davies; found at www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/WandersonE.htm.
K: Letter, 17 Aug 1860, to her Emily Davies; found at www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk/WandersonE.htm.
   


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