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Records of the Edinburgh Women's Medical Society

 Fonds — Box: EUA-A-350
Identifier: EUA GD18

Scope and Contents

The records are composed of: minutes 1913-1924; committee minutes, 1914-1933; account book, 1922-1923 to 1951-1952; receipt book, 1950-1952; and, miscellaneous papers and correspondence, 1949-1952.


  • 1913-1952


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Conditions Governing Access

Open for consultation. The reader will be require to sign a Data Protection form to consult some material from the 1930s and 1950s.

Biographical / Historical

The Edinburgh Women's Medical Society was a reflection of a period - late nineteenth century, early twentieth century - when women found many obstacles in their path towards careers in medicine on an equal footing with men. By 1916, the student journal The Gambolier was able to observe that women were finding work in 'fields which, some thirty years ago, would have been regarded as belonging entirely to men' - Public Health officers, private practitioners, lecturers, working in labs, in scientific research and in the organisation and management of hospitals. Meetings of the Edinburgh Women's Medical Society included lectures on subjects as diverse as: the pituitary gland; diseases of the bile passages; germs and disease; and, haemophilia.


1 box-files

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Transferred from the Medical Faculty Office in January 1983, Accession no. E83.8.
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Edinburgh Library Heritage Collections Repository

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