The History of Leith

December 17, 2009

Dr Elsie Inglis

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source-Edinburgh Evening News

She was born in the hill station town of Naini Tal, India, to a father who worked in the Indian civil service. She had the good fortune to have relatively enlightened parents for the time who considered the education of a daughter as important as that of the son. After a private education her decision to study medicine was delayed by her mother’s death in 1885, when she felt obliged to stay in Edinburgh with her father. However, the next year the Edinburgh School of Medicine for Women was opened by Dr Sophia Jex-Blake and Inglis started her studies there. After founding her own breakaway medical college as a reaction to Jex-Blake’s uncompromising ways, she completed her training under Sir William MacEwen at the Glasgow Royal Infirmary. for more click here

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