Sophia Jex-Blake: A Woman Pioneer in Nineteenth-Century Medical ReformBMJ 1994; 308 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.308.6937.1172a (Published 30 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1172
- John Melmoth
Shirley Roberts Routledge, pounds sterling 40, pp 207 ISBN 0-415-08753-8
Sophia Jex-Blake knew what she wanted and was indefatigable in its pursuit. One of the first women to be admitted to a British university and the first woman doctor in Scotland, she seems never to have experienced a moment's self doubt--her conviction of her own rightness gave her the courage to take on all comers.
She was a bluestocking, to whom German, mathematics, church history, and medicine were pure pleasure. A formidable intelligence, which her class and time conspired to repress, found liberation in study. The twin axes …