Irish Medical Education and Student Culture, C.1850-1950

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Oxford University Press, 2017 - History - 276 pages
This book is the first comprehensive history of medical student culture and medical education in Ireland from the middle of the nineteenth century until the 1950s. Utilising a variety of rich sources, including novels, newspapers, student magazines, doctors' memoirs, and oral history accounts, it examines Irish medical student life and culture, incorporating students' educational and extra-curricular activities at all of the Irish medical schools.

The book investigates students' experiences in the lecture theatre, hospital, dissecting room and outside their studies, such as in 'digs', sporting teams and in student societies, illustrating how representations of medical students changed in Ireland over the period and examines the importance of class, religious affiliation and the appropriate traits that students were expected to possess. It highlights religious divisions as well as the dominance of the middle classes in Irish medical schools while also exploring institutional differences, the students' decisions to pursue medical education, emigration and the experiences of women medical students within a predominantly masculine sphere. Through an examination of the history of medical education in Ireland, this book builds on our understanding of the Irish medical profession while also contributing to the wider scholarship of student life and culture. It will appeal to those interested in the history of medicine, the history of education and social history in modern Ireland.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The Medical School Marketplace c18501900
17
Irish Medical Student Image and Representation in the Age of Medical Reform c18501900
43
Medicine and Social Mobility c18501950
71
4 Educational Experiences and Medical Student Life c18801920
104
Rites of Passage Sport Masculinity and Medical Student Culture c18801930
137
Women in Irish Medical Schools c18801945
170
7 Medical Education and Student Culture North and South of the Border c19201950
200
Conclusion
243
Bibliography
248
Index
266
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Laura Kelly is Lecturer in the History of Health and Medicine at the University of Strathclyde.

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