School Of History & Archives
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B.A. (NUIG, 2006)
M.Litt (Glas, 2007)
PhD (NUIG, 2010)
My main area of research is the social history of medicine in nineteenth and early-twentieth century Ireland with particular interests in gender and medicine, the history of medical education, medical students and the medical profession. I am currently an IRCHSS Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland (2012-2014). The project I am undertaking during this fellowship is entitled 'Merry boys and winsome women: Education, experiences and the shaping of the professional identity of Irish medical students, c.1800-1950'.
Prior to joining UCD, I undertook my B.A. degree at NUI Galway and an M.Litt in the history of medicine at the University of Glasgow. I returned to NUI Galway for my doctoral research (2007-2010). My thesis, entitled 'Irish Medical Women, c.1880s-1920s: the origins, education and careers of early women medical graduates from Irish institutions' was the first comprehensive history of Irish women in medicine in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. I was a lecturer in history at the Department of History, NUI Galway from 2011-2012.
|Kelly, Laura (2013) Irish women in medicine c.1880s-1920s: origins, education and careers. Manchester: Manchester University Press. [Details]|
|Kelly, Laura (2009) 'Dame Anne Louise McIlroy; Britain's first female professor of medicine' In: Mulvihill, Mary, (ed.) Lab Coats and Lace: The lives and legacies of inspiring Irish women scientists and pioneers. Dublin: WITS. [Details]|
|Kelly, Laura (2013) 'Rickets and Irish Children: Dr Ella Webb and the early years of the Children's Sunshine Home, c.1924-1949' In: Maclellan, Anne and Mauger, Alice (eds.) Growing pains: childhood illness in Ireland 1750-1950. Dublin: Irish Academic Press. [Details]|
Peer Reviewed Journals
|Kelly, Laura (2010) 'Fascinating scalpel-wielders and fair dissectors: Women's experience of Irish medical education, c.1880s-1920s'. Medical History, . [Details]|
|Kelly, Laura (2011) 'Anatomy dissections and student experience at Irish universities c.1900-1960'. Studies in history and philosophy of biological and biomedical sciences, . [Details]|
|Kelly, Laura (2012) 'Migration and medical education: Irish medical students at the University of Glasgow, 1859-1900'. Irish Economic and Social History, . [Details]|
|Kelly, Laura (2013) ''The turning point in the whole struggle': the admission of women to the Irish College of Physicians'. Women's History Review, . [Details]|
| Current research: 'Merry boys and winsome women': Education, experiences and the shaping of the professional identity of Irish medical students, c.1800-1950
Today's medical students are expected to be conscientious, intelligent and empathetic. This project will explore how ideas about what makes a 'good' doctor developed in Ireland in the period and how appropriate behaviour traits, sectarian divisions and the importance of science to medical professional identity were transmitted. Related to this, it will explore whether student decorum affected the status of the Irish medical profession. The project will explore the educational experiences of Irish medical students, examining the influence of European education systems on the Irish model. Drawing on a range of sources, including teaching aids and university calendars, it will explore how education was shaped by gender, location and religion. Utilising surviving hospital records, the project will assess the nature of students' clinical experience. Drawing on student society minute books, student magazines and the records of religious and political organisations outside university, the project will also assess the extra-curricular experiences of students in student societies and lay religious and political groups. Building on my previous research, the project will explore the experiences of women medical students after Irish independence.