The Blind Doctor: The Jacob Bolotin Story reveals the amazing life of a remarkable man who was born blind to poor Jewish parents in Chicago in 1888. Rejecting the conventional wisdom of his time that marginalized the blind, he was determined to be of use in the world. He fought his way into and through the Chicago College of Medicine, graduated with honors at twenty-four, and became the world's 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 the city. Jacob Bolotin s story is both fascinating and inspirational. He was one of the first to raise the awareness of the world to the plight of the blind. His speeches about his own life and the need for treating people with disabilities as capable and productive citizens were in such demand he often gave four talks a day while working full time as a doctor and teaching at three medical colleges. He also started one of the first blind Boy Scout troops in the United States. When Jacob Bolotin died at the age of thirty-six, five thousand people attended his funeral.
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