Women's experiences of Irish medical education

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:
Women's experiences of Irish medical education

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This chapter argues that the authorities of Irish medical schools and hospitals possessed a distinctive attitude towards their women medical students, with women and men being educated together for all subjects, with the exception of anatomy. Women students were nonetheless often identified as a cohort separate from the men, as is particularly evident in the student magazines, where they were figures of fun. In order to reconcile this sense of ‘separateness’, Irish women medical students established their own unique identity through their social activities and living arrangements. The chapter also examines how Irish hospitals displayed a largely positive and welcoming attitude towards women medical students, in contrast to hospitals in London, where women were debarred from admission for the most part.

Keywords: Medical education; Medical students; Irish universities; Hospitals; Clinical experience

Chapter.  13309 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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