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'A Mysterious Discrimination': Irish Medical Emigration to the United States in the 1950s

Jones, Greta (2011) 'A Mysterious Discrimination': Irish Medical Emigration to the United States in the 1950s. Social History of Medicine, 25 (1). pp. 139-156. [Journal article]

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DOI: 10.1093/shm.hkr049


Throughout the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, Ireland exported a considerablenumber of her medical graduates, mainly to Britain and the British Empire. After the SecondWorld War there was a shift. The 1950s and 1960s saw an increase in the emigration of doctors to North America. The American Medical Association, worried about the possible impact upon the profession, introduced in 1950 a list of foreign medical schools which, in their view, met American standards of medical education. The failure of Irish medical schools to make this approved list brought to the surface problems in Irish medical education. This episode illustrates a number of issues raised by medical migration; recognition of qualifications and equivalency across borders; the rise of the USA as a global medical hegemonic power; the involvement of national governments; and migration as a catalyst for change in the exporting country.

Item Type:Journal article
Keywords:American Medical Association; General Medical Council; National University of Ireland; licensure; migration
Faculties and Schools:Faculty of Arts > School of English and History
Faculty of Arts
Research Institutes and Groups:Arts and Humanities Research Institute > History
Arts and Humanities Research Institute
ID Code:24889
Deposited By: Wendy Aiken (Admin)
Deposited On:12 Feb 2013 07:40
Last Modified:17 Oct 2017 16:07

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