London: Hatchards, 1884. Seventh edition, revised. 8vo, pp. 4, 126,4. Bound in maroon cloth, little cut to the front end paper, some minor rubbing to the rear cover, o/w a fine copy. This edition includes 2 pages of notices of the English and American press. Scarce. Item #59575
Blackwell (1821-1910) was born near Bristol, UK and moved to New York in 1832. The sister of the first ordained woman minister in the US, Antoinette Blackwell, and important reformers Samuel and Henry Blackwell and feminist Lucy Stone; Blackwell was the first woman of modern times to graduate from a medical school. She went to medical school at Geneva College, in western New York State. She began her medical career in NYC, in 1851, and established the New York Infirmary for Women and Children in 1857. In 1859, she became to first woman to have her name entered on the Medical Register of the UK. During the Civil War, she was involved in the training of nurses, etc. See NAW for a full write-up. In 1868 she became the first chair of hygiene of Woman's Medical College of New York. This is a book on sex education and the relationship of the sexes. Blackwell sets out to discuss sex as seen through two basic questions: "1. What is the true standard for the relation of men and women-the type which contains within itself the germ of progress or continual development? 2. Is this standard attainable by human beings?"