London: Privately Printed, 1899.
BLACKWELL, Elizabeth. Essays in Medical Sociology. Revised and Reprinted for Private Circulation London: Privately Printed, 1899.
First collected edition, revised and reprinted for private circulation. Small octavo (7 3/16 x 4 7/8 inches; 182 x 125 mm). , 166 pp. This privately printed collection comprises four previously published essays by Blackwell, collected here and revised for the first time. The essays are as follows:
I. The Human Element in Sex (first printed London 1880); II. The Benevolence of Malthus Contrasted with the Corruptions of Neo-Malthusianism (first printed London 1888); III. Medical Responsibility in Relation to the Contagious Diseases Act (first printed London, 1897) and IV. Rescue Work in Relation to Prostitution and Disease (first printed London, 1881). A two volume set of this title was printed for the public in 1902. We could find no copies of this at auction and only a few in libraries.
Publisher's original full green diaper cloth. Front board and spine lettered in gilt. Boards ruled in blind. Spine ruled in gilt. Yellow coated endpapers. Page 39 with lower blank corner neatly torn, not affecting text. Final leaf with some light toning. Top edge of back board lightly bumped. Still a near fine copy.
"When she graduated from New York's Geneva Medical College, in 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell became the first woman in America to earn the M.D. degree. She supported medical education for women and helped many other women's careers. By establishing the New York Infirmary in 1857, she offered a practical solution to one of the problems facing women who were rejected from internships elsewhere but determined to expand their skills as physicians. She also published several important books on the issue of women in medicine." (National Institute of Health).
" Among the causes to which Blackwell lent her support, in public and through voluminous private correspondence, were the campaign against the Contagious Diseases Acts in the 1870s and social and sexual purity in the 1880s. She was implacably opposed to animal experimentation and to the adoption of Pasteur's treatment of suspected rabies infections. She was interested in spiritualism and Christo-theosophy. In 1871 she had been among the founders of the National Health Society, which aimed to promote sanitary and hygiene instruction, particularly in schools, under the slogan 'Prevention is better than cure'. She published extensively on these topics, a collection of essays being reprinted in her two volumes of Essays in Medical Sociology in 1902, and also on sex education and morality, for example, in The Human Element in Sex, first published in 1880." (Oxford DNB).
Garrison and Morton. Norman Library.