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The Entry of Women into Psychiatry 

The Entry of Women into Psychiatry
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The Entry of Women into Psychiatry
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Fiona Subotsky

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780198785484.003.0004
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date: 18 January 2022

This chapter looks at how Elizabeth Garrett Anderson combatted the views of the eminent psychiatrist Henry Maudsley on the higher education of women and their entry into the profession of medicine, and how they were finally overcome. The speciality of psychiatry in the late nineteenth century was largely reflected by participation in the Medico-Psychological Association (MPA) (now the Royal College of Psychiatrists), and the arguments over the admission of women were well documented in the Journal of Mental Science (JMS). Eventually, the persistence of the women and their male sympathizers was successful, while Maudsley’s influence waned. The first woman to gain the Certificate in Psychological Medicine (MPC) was Jane Waterston in 1888, and the first woman formally elected to membership of the MPA was Eleonora Fleury in 1894.

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