, In 1907, while holidaying in Kilmun, Scotland, Blackwell fell down a flight of stairs, and was left almost completely mentally and physically disabled. She lost sight in her left eye, causing her to have her eye surgically extracted and thus lost all hope of becoming a surgeon.
Blackwell that if a woman doctor had treated her, she would have been
become a surgeon and began practice at St. Bartholomew's Hospital  She was also highly critical of many of the women's reform and hospital organisations in which she played no role, calling some of them "quack auspices".
The Guardians of the Poor, the city commission that ran Blockley Almshouse, granted her permission to work there, albeit not without some struggle.  As a result, she was rather socially isolated from all but her family as she grew up.. Pressed by financial need, the sisters Anna, Marian and Elizabeth started a school, The Cincinnati English and French Academy for Young Ladies, which provided instruction in most, if not all, subjects and charged for tuition and room and board. She was conservative in all senses except that she believed women to have sexual passions equal to those of men, and that men and women were equally responsible for controlling those passions.
She was buried in June 1910 in Saint Mun's churchyard at Kilmun on Holy Loch in the west of Scotland. Blackwell's greatest wish was to be accepted into one of the Philadelphia medical schools. Later she had it removed and replaced it with a glass eye. secession (the withdrawal of the Southern States from the Federal This occupation was seen as suitable for women during the 1800s, however, she soon found it unsuitable for her. Blackwell had doubts about Jex-Blake and thought that she was dangerous, belligerent, and tactless. He was very close with both Kitty Barry and Blackwell, and it was widely believed in 1876 that he was a suitor for Barry, who was 29 at the time. –born at Bristol, 3rd February, 1821, died at Hastings, 31st May, 1910. The dean and faculty, usually responsible for evaluating an applicant for matriculation, were not able to make a decision due to the special nature of Blackwell's case.
Elizabeth was born on February 3, 1821, in Bristol, England, to Samuel Blackwell, who was a sugar refiner, and his wife Hannah (Lane) Blackwell.
, Blackwell converted to Episcopalianism, probably due to her sister Anna's influence, in December 1838, becoming an active member of St. Paul's Episcopal Church.
, Stateside, Blackwell was faced with adversity, but did manage to get some media support from entities such as the New-York Tribune. In all of the biographies I've read there has been no mention of her social life past the age of 20-- medical info about her missing eye and stroke I don't think counts.
After Blackwell graduated in 1849, her thesis on typhoid fever was published in the Buffalo Medical Journal. She exchanged letters with Lady Byron about women's rights issues, and became very close friends with Florence Nightingale, with whom she discussed opening and running a hospital together. 29 Jan 1859. Women served on the board of trustees, on the executive committee and as attending physicians. Letters to Barbara Bodichon.  Blackwell began applying to medical schools and immediately began to endure the prejudice against her sex that would persist throughout her career.
 Therefore, she became a schoolteacher in order to support her family. Both were extremely headstrong, and a power struggle over the management of the infirmary and medical college ensued.