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Published: 01 March 2018

288 Pages | 11 black and white illustrations

6 x 9 inches

ISBN: 9781786940599

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

Laura Kelly

Liverpool University Press

Reappraisals in Irish History LUP

  • The most important aspect of this book is the fact that it focuses on students' experiences - there are no comparable histories of medical education which do this; most tend to take a 'top-down' approach
  • The methodology of this book is unique in that it utilises more traditional medical history sources such as medical journals and hospital records as well as less-widely used sources such as oral history interviews undertaken by the author, Irish student magazines, doctors' memoirs and Irish novels
  • The book covers many themes which have not hitherto been explored by institutional histories of Irish medical schools, for instance, issues such as gender and masculinity, the problems with Irish medical schools (many books tend to present Irish medical schools in a very positive light), representations of Irish medical students, and educational, extra-curricular and personal experiences
  • Importantly, it highlights students' extra-curricular activities, an aspect of student life that is often overlooked, but which was equally important the development of medical practitioners in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries