one of the most interesting and fascinating of the women of the Victorian era,
was a successful physician, religious leader, and woman of letters, with a remarkable breadth of achievement in medicine, the arts, and religion. She wrote often controversially on a wide range of topics, including anti-vivisection, vegetarianism, and women's suffrage; several of her works reflect her religious beliefs. A compelling writer and charismatic speaker,
was prolific at a young age, published her first novel in her teens, and became editor of a progressive journal, The Lady's Own Paper
. She was President of the
, founded the
, and conducted lecture tours with both religious and scientific content. She remains a popular figure in several alternative religious movements, though her broader social contributions are largely forgotten.
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