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[Perspectives] Isabel Emslie Hutton: a doctor at war

In 1928, London’s medical schools were under attack from some angry tax payers. In letters to The Times, women demanded that in return for their contributions to the national economy they should have the right to be treated by female doctors who had been trained under the same conditions as men. Eminent consultants tried to justify their men-only policy by protesting about the “inevitable distractions” caused by young women in mixed medical schools, but privately they were worried about the embarrassing reality that women often outperformed men in examinations.