Wednesday, 3 July 2013

How the poor lived: Tenements, public health and medicine in 1913

In April this year, RCPI and the Dublin City Library and Archives held a joint seminar looking at medicine and public health in 1913, as part of the Dublin One City, One Book festival. Webcasts of the two papers give at the seminar are now available on the RCPI Player.

Dr Lydia Carroll holds a PhD from the School of History and Humanities at Trinity College Dublin. She recently published In the Fever King's Preserves. Sir Charles Cameron and the Dublin Slums, the first major biography of Sir Charles Cameron. She has also contributed to Leaders of the City. Dublin's First Citizens 1500-1950, edited by Ruth McManus and Lisa-Marie Griffith. She is a seventh-generation Dubliner, whose family have lived and worked in the heart of Dublin for more than two centuries. Her paper looks at the work of Sir Charles Cameron, Medical Officer of Health for Dublin, and his work in improving the sanitary and living conditions in the city at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries.

David Durnin is an Irish Research Council for the Humanities and Social Sciences Doctoral Scholar at the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, University College Dublin. He holds an MA in the Social and Cultural History of Medicine from the Centre. His current research project, entitled 'The War away from Home': Irish Medical Migration during the Great War Era, 1912-1922 explores the role and experiences of Irish medical personnel during the First World War. His paper looks at the conditions facing the medical profession in 1913, and especially the impact of the newly introduced National Insurance Act.

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