A Hospital ‘Manned by Women’

The First World War offered new opportunities for enterprising female doctors.

The entrance to Endell Street Military Hospital, 1917 © TopFoto.

The speed with which the government created NHS Nightingale Hospitals to tackle the coronavirus pandemic has prompted awe – even if they haven’t proved as necessary as expected. Yet just over 100 years ago women moved with similarly remarkable speed to set up emergency hospitals when a different crisis engulfed the world.

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