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Women, Medicine and World War 1

Cluny Library showcases exhibition to commemorate Women, Medicine and World War 1
Women, Medicine and World War 1

Women, Medicine and World War 1

There is an exhibition in Cluny Library that commemorates Women, Medicine and World War 1. The purpose of the exhibition is to allow students see World War 1 from the perspective of Women and soldiers suffering from shell shock. Thousands of young women travelled to the front lines as nurses or Voluntary Aid Detachments, many of them witnessing the most gruesome of scenarios. World War 1 also had economic implications for Women as many of them worked for the first time. Professor Brendan Kelly, Psychiatrist, spoke to 5th and 6th year students about shellshock among soldiers and how they were treated in Ireland and England. Shellshock was a concept not accepted at first by the army. Sincere thanks to Dublin City Library and Archives for loaning their panels from their exhibition “Irish Women and the First World 1” and to Royal College of Surgeons for loaning medical instruments and medical manuals from that era

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