Louisa Aldrich-Blake: Google celebrates the legendary surgeon with a doodle


Anyone who calls Google's homepage in Germany – and in many other countries – sees Thursday the drawing of a serious woman dressed in a surgical outfit instead of the company's usual logo. Behind her are all kinds of surgical instruments to recognize. With this scribble, the famous group Louisa Aldrich-Blake. The legendary surgeon was born 154 years ago today.

In the course of their lives, women in the field of medicine were at most well established nurses. Aldrich Blake is prepared to change that. Barely 22, she enrolled at the London School of Medicine for Women. His wish: "something meaningful" to do. Aldrich-Blake's talent was enormous and by 1895 she was awarded the Master of Surgery – the first woman in English history.

As one of the first, she ventured into the surgical treatment of rectal and uterine cancer. His discoveries have been published in prestigious journals. By 1910, Aldrich Blake was chief surgeon.

Calling on other women to challenge prejudices

During the First World War, the doctor volunteered for a vacation in a sickbed near Paris, where she saved many wounded. Throughout her life, she did not want to bow down to the stubborn prejudices that women are helping at the table of operation, despite their successes. During the war, she used her extensive network to encourage other female doctors to volunteer. Many women followed their call.

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

Death of Louisa Aldrich-Blake on December 28, 1925. But her services in cancer research and the equal rights of women in medicine still resonate today.