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Sophia Jex-Blake: A Woman Pioneer in Nineteenth-Century Medical Reform

BMJ 1994; 308 doi: (Published 30 April 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;308:1172
  1. 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 …

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