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Careers and opportunities

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719088353.003.0006
Careers and opportunities

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This chapter examines the careers of the 452 women medical students who succeeded in qualifying during the study period. It reveals that women did not simply enter the fields that were promoted as suitable for them (as outlined in Chapter 1, these included, for example, women and children's health and the missionary field), but were more likely to work in general hospitals and public health, areas that were typically seen as male-dominated. The chapter also suggests that the sense of separateness that existed between male and female medical students during their medical education did not necessarily continue after graduation.

Keywords: Women doctors; Ireland; Careers; Hospital; General practice; Public health

Chapter.  10046 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social and Cultural History

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