FIRST FEMALE PHYSICIAN IN THE UNITED STATES
Elizabeth Blackwell (1821-1910) was the first woman to graduate from medical school in the United States.
This British native was the first woman to receive a medical degree in the United States and the first woman on the UK Medical Register, a list of all practicing physicians in that country. After watching a friend die of what was probably uterine cancer around 1845, Blackwell decided to obtain her medical degree. She earned it from Hobart College in Geneva, N.Y., in 1849 and subsequently opened a practice in New York City. She was heavily involved in social change as well as medicine throughout her life and had such famous friends and correspondents as Florence Nightingale, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lady Anna Byron, wife of the poet Lord Byron.
FATHER OF THE RESPIRATOR
It is particularly fitting that we remember the father of the modern respiratory during the COVID-19 pandemic. Forrest M. Bird (1921-2015) was an American pilot and inventor best known for creating the first reliable mechanical ventilators which are used in cardiopulmonary care.
Dr. Bird began his career as a pilot, making his first solo flight at the age of 14 and earning his first aviation license at 16. By the time he enrolled in the Air Force at in 1941, he was qualified to be a technical air training officer. This qualification allowed Dr. Bird to fly nearly every plane the Air Force had to offer, including several that exceeded comfortable breathing altitudes. This experience prompted him to invent ventilation aids. In 1955 his work resulted in the release of the Bird Universal Medical Respirator, a pneumatic ventilator that is still in use around the world today.
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