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The surgeon rips the walls


For example, whoever calls Google's homepage this Thursday in the UK, Canada and Australia sees a drawing of a serious woman in surgical clothing instead of the usual company logo. Behind her, all kinds of surgical instruments can be identified. With this doodle, the group celebrates Louis Aldrich-Blake. The legendary surgeon was born today 154 years ago.

Throughout their lives, women have established themselves most as nurses in the medical field. Aldrich Blake was about to change that. At just 22, she enrolled at the London School of Medicine for Women. Her desire: to "do something meaningful". Aldrich-Blake's talent was enormous, and in 1895 he was awarded the Master of Surgery – the first woman in English history ever.

She was one of the first to engage in surgical treatment of rectum and uterine cancer. Her findings were published in reputable journals, as early as 1910. Aldrich Blake was chief surgeon.

Urging other women to stand against prejudice

During World War I, a doctor volunteered for a vacation in a hospital bed near Paris, where he saved many wounded from death. All her life, she had been reluctant to bow to the stubborn prejudice that women helped well at the operating table, despite their successes. During the war, she used her large network to encourage other doctors to volunteer. Many women followed their call.

In 1925, she was named a Lady of the British Empire for her services, and a statue of Aldrich-Blake stands near the British Medical Association in London.

December 28, 1925, Louisa Aldrich-Blake died. But her cancer research services and equal rights for women in medicine are still echoing.


Editor's note:
An earlier version of the text said that Doodle could be seen on the homepage in Germany. We adjusted the passage.