Becoming a medical student

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:
Becoming a medical student

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This chapter examines the women who decided to matriculate in medicine at Irish institutions in the period 1885–1922. It reveals that women medical students tended to come from well-to-do backgrounds and tended to attend the university closest to them, for financial reasons, although their choice of university also hinged on their religious beliefs and on which universities were open to women at the time. The reasons why women (and men) decided to take up medicine in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries are also discussed, and the chapter suggests that women students took up medicine as a result of personal experience, a sense of vocation and encouragement from their secondary schools.

Keywords: Irish universities; Irish medical schools; Women medical students; Social backgrounds; Higher education

Chapter.  10549 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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