The Irish Medical Profession and the First World War

  • David Durnin

Part of the Medicine and Biomedical Sciences in Modern History book series (MBSMH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. David Durnin
    Pages 1-19
  3. David Durnin
    Pages 209-213
  4. Back Matter
    Pages 215-254

About this book


This book examines the role of the Irish medical profession in the First World War. It assesses the extent of its involvement in the conflict while also interrogating the effect of global war on the development of Ireland’s domestic medical infrastructure, especially its hospital network. The study explores the factors that encouraged Ireland’s medical personnel to join the British Army medical services and uncovers how Irish hospital governors, in the face of increasing staff shortages and economic inflation, ensured that Ireland’s voluntary hospital network survived the war. It also considers how Ireland’s wartime doctors reintegrated into an Irish society that had experienced a profound shift in political opinion towards their involvement in the conflict and subsequently became embroiled in its own Civil War. In doing so, this book provides the first comprehensive study of the effect of the First World War on the medical profession in Ireland.


Irish doctors and nurses Medical infrastructure Hospital network Twentieth-century medicine British Army medical services Irish nationalists Voluntary hospitals Emotional impact Trauma Hospital governance Political change

Authors and affiliations

  • David Durnin
    • 1
  1. 1.UCD Geary Institute for Public PolicyUniversity College DublinDublinIreland

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2019
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
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  • Print ISBN 978-3-030-17958-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-030-17959-5
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