Quotation by Elizabeth Blackwell

I felt more determined than ever to become a physician, and thus place a strong barrier between me and all ordinary marriage. I must have something to engross my thoughts, some object in life which will fill this vacuum and prevent this sad wearing away of the heart.
Elizabeth Blackwell (1821–1910), U.S. physician. Pioneer Work for Women, ch. 2 (1895).

From a journal entry made in 1845, when she was first considering the study of medicine. Eventually, she became the first American woman physician.
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