The Admission of Women to the KQCPI and Irish Medical Schools

Laura Kelly

in Irish Women in Medicine, c. 1880s-1920s

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780719088353
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9781781704622 | DOI:
The Admission of Women to the KQCPI and Irish Medical Schools

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Chapter 2 suggests that the King and Queen's College of Physicians in Ireland decided to admit women for a combination of reasons. It is likely that the KQCPI viewed the admission of women from a financial point of view, in terms of gaining income from their student fees. However, also important is the context of Dublin society in the late nineteenth century, which was open-minded to the issue of women's higher education, as demonstrated by women's admission to the Museum of Irish Industry and the Royal College of Science from the 1850s and 1860s. This chapter highlights the distinctiveness of Irish medical education and the Irish context in a period when attitudes towards women in Britain were often hostile and attempts made by women to gain admission to university to study medicine were frequently hindered.

Keywords: King and Queen's College of Physicians; Medical students; Medical licences; Royal College of Science; Women in medicine; Sophia Jex-Blake

Chapter.  7737 words. 

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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