[AI] first blind doctor

mahendra galani at chello.at
Sun Aug 26 15:47:15 EDT 2007

eMaxHealth.com - Hickory,NC,USA
Tuesday, August 14, 2007.

The Blind Doctor.

In 1912, at the age of 24, Jacob Bolotin became the first totally blind
physician fully licensed to practice medicine. By the time he was thirty, he
was one of the top heart and lung specialists in Chicago. A new biography,
The Blind Doctor: The Jacob Bolotin Story tells about the amazing life of a
remarkable man who was born blind to poor Jewish parents in Chicago in 1888
and fought his way into and through medical school.

During the last years of his short life, Dr. Bolotin used his celebrity to
give speeches around the Midwest to raise the awareness of the world to the
plight of the blind. His words are as timely today as they were in 1922
when he said:

"I am blind, and I am a doctor. The fact that I am standing here before you
is living proof of what we, the [blind], can achieve.. The major problem for
us is not our affliction, but the wall of ignorance, injustices,
indifference and misconceptions that separate us from you who can see. We
must break down that wall, but we can't do it alone. We need your help.".

In this inspiring and entertaining book, Rosalind Perlman drew on the
memories of her husband, Alfred, who was Dr. Bolotin's nephew, to bring
"Doctor Jake" back into the spotlight. Alfred and his widowed mother had
lived with the Bolotins for the four years preceding Dr. Bolotin's tragic
death. When he died in 1924, 5,000 people attended his funeral.

After her own death in 2004, Rosalind left a bequest in the name of the
Alfred and Rosalind Perlman Trust to the Santa Barbara Foundation to publish
The Blind Doctor and to establish an annual award: The Dr. Jacob Bolotin
Award for the Blind. This national award will be given out annually by the
National Federation of the Blind and presented to blind people or
organizations that have made a significant impact within the blind
community. The first award will be presented in 2008.

"The Blind Doctor is the moving and powerful story of a blind man who fought
ignorance and prejudice to become one of the most respected physicians in
Chicago. Everyone who reads Dr. Jacob Bolotin's story will learn that
blindness is no barrier to a full life and great accomplishments," said Dr.
Marc Maurer, President of the National Federation of the Blind.

Michael Lazarovits, Regional Director of Braille Institute Santa Barbara
agrees. "The message of this book is one that resonates with all of us: that
blind people should be treated equally and visual impairment is not a de
facto barrier to success," says Lazarovits. "Dr. Bolotin is an amazing role
model, and it is even more remarkable when you realize that his achievements
took place in the early 1900s."

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