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[Perspectives] Medical periodicals: mining the past

“The medical women question is perennial”, an anonymous contributor to The Lancet’s editorial pages wearily opined in a November issue of 1877. “It knows no limits; we encounter it at every turn…its appeals to periodical literature, instead of awakening a spirit of conciliation, have usually aroused a feeling of resentment.” Alison Moulds, of the University of Oxford, who has explored the periodical literature of the time, found that opinion on the medical training of women was far from uniform.