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Irish Women in Medicine, c. 1880s-1920sOrigins, Education and Careers$
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Laura Kelly

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780719088353

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719088353.001.0001

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Careers and opportunities

Careers and opportunities

(p.110) 5 Careers and opportunities
Irish Women in Medicine, c. 1880s-1920s

Laura Kelly

Manchester University Press

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

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