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Blackwell, Elizabeth

(1821-1910), a British-born American physician, the first woman to be awarded a medical degree. She established the New York Infirmary, a 40-bed hospital staffed entirely by women, in which she trained nurses in a 4-month course. Her influence helped others establish nursing schools to improve patient care.
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It appeared to Elizabeth that they glided over the water by magic, so easy and graceful was the manner in which Mohegan guided his little bark.
A few additional knots were laid on the grating, and the light penetrated to the bottom, Elizabeth then saw a fish of unusual size floating above small pieces of logs and sticks.
said Natty, in a low voice, on hearing a slight sound made by Elizabeth in bending over the side of the canoe in curiosity;
Elizabeth saw the bright, polished tines, as they slowly and silently entered the water, where the refraction pointed them many degrees from the true direction of the fish; and she thought that the intended victim saw them also, as he seemed to increase the play of his tail and fins, though without moving his station.
Elizabeth had nothing to propose of deeper efficacy.
Then followed the history and rise of the ancient and respectable family, in the usual terms; how it had been first settled in Cheshire; how mentioned in Dugdale, serving the office of high sheriff, representing a borough in three successive parliaments, exertions of loyalty, and dignity of baronet, in the first year of Charles II, with all the Marys and Elizabeths they had married; forming altogether two handsome duodecimo pages, and concluding with the arms and motto:--"Principal seat, Kellynch Hall, in the county of Somerset," and Sir Walter's handwriting again in this finale:--
Elizabeth also wept and was unhappy, but hers also was the misery of innocence, which, like a cloud that passes over the fair moon, for a while hides but cannot tarnish its brightness.
She embraced Elizabeth and said in a voice of half-suppressed emotion, "Farewell, sweet lady, dearest Elizabeth, my beloved and only friend; may heaven, in its bounty, bless and preserve you; may this be the last misfortune that you will ever suffer
From the tortures of my own heart, I turned to contemplate the deep and voiceless grief of my Elizabeth.
While he was unwinding himself the door opened and Elizabeth came into the room.
Well, as a matter of fact,' said Elizabeth, carelessly, 'the water's off again.
As Elizabeth watched, he dropped the pail and lashed the air violently for a while.