One-woman play about America’s first doctor takes stage tonight

WHAT: A Lady Alone. Elizabeth Blackwell: First American Woman Doctor, a one-woman play about the first woman to graduate from medical school in the United States and the first female doctor of medicine in the modern era. She
was a social activist who strived to better the lives of women and children.

WHEN: 6-8 p.m. tonight (Monday, Nov. 3) — FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

WHERE: UT Health Science Center San Antonio auditorium, 7703 Floyd Curl Drive, South Texas Medical Center

WHO: The play’s author, N. Lynn Eckhert, M.D., travels for Harvard International, opening medical schools in Third World countries in a manner similar to that of Dr. Blackwell’s efforts.

The play is performed by Linda Gray Kelley (not to be confused with the Linda Gray of “Dallas” fame). Kelley
tours with the National Library of Medicine exhibit, “Changing the Face of Medicine.” Kelley edited, produced and
directed A Lady Alone.

NOTE: Attendees are encouraged to view the “Changing the Face of Medicine” exhibit at the Health Science Center’s Dolph Briscoe Jr. Library before or after the presentation.

The play is presented by the Center for Medical Humanities and Ethics in the Health Science Center School of Medicine, and is made possible by an endowment from the Ewing Halsell Foundation.

The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is the leading research institution in South Texas and one of the major health sciences universities in the world. With an operating budget of $668 million, the Health Science Center is the chief catalyst for the $15.3 billion biosciences and health care sector in San Antonio’s economy. The Health Science Center has had an estimated $35 billion impact on the region since inception and has expanded to six campuses in San Antonio, Laredo, Harlingen and Edinburg. More than 23,000 graduates (physicians, dentists, nurses, scientists and other health professionals) serve in their fields, including many in Texas. Health Science Center faculty are international leaders in cancer, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, aging, stroke prevention, kidney disease, orthopaedics, research imaging, transplant surgery, psychiatry and clinical neurosciences, pain management, genetics, nursing, dentistry and many other fields. For more information, visit

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