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Women have always been involved in medicine and healing, from the ancient world through to the present day. However, once doctors were required to qualify at university, women were excluded from the profession because they were not allowed to attend. It was not until the late 19th century that women could qualify, and they did not do so in great numbers until the 1970s.
The first official female doctors
The World’s First Women Doctors: Elizabeth Blackwell and Elizabeth Garrett Anderson
by Isabel Thomas, published by Collins, (2015), 9780008127893
The stories of Blackwell and Garrett Anderson illustrate that progress does not come easily and often not in a linear manner – as soon as they were permitted to study medicine at university in America and Britain respectively, the doors closed behind them as the rules were changed to try to prevent any further women from entering the profession. The book is one of the Sapphire titles in Collins’ Big Cat series, which are designed to develop sustained engagement with texts.
A female doctor in hiding
Dr James Barry: A Woman Ahead of Her Time
by Michael du Preez & Jeremy Dronfield, published by Oneworld Publications, (2017), 9781786071194
Contributions to nursing
The Extraordinary Life of Mary Seacole
by Naida Redgrave, illustrated by Alleanna Harris, published by Puffin, (2019), 9780241372777
The writings of Florence Nightingale
Notes on Nursing: What it is and what it is not
by Florence Nightingale, published by Dover Publications Inc., (2000), 9780486223407
A House Through Time - Birth control at the end of the 19th century
published by BBC, (2020)
The Beauty of Diagrams - Florence Nightingale’s rose diagram
published by BBC, (2010)
Text © Rose Parkin, 2020.