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[Perspectives] Trailblazing women in medicine: laurels at last for Edinburgh Seven

21:20 EDT 5 Jul 2019 | The Lancet

On Nov 18, 1870, seven women arrived at the Surgeons' Hall in Edinburgh, UK, to sit their anatomy exams. They were met by a baying mob of youths—many of them fellow medical students—who pelted them with mud, shouted obscenities, and blocked the gates. After a sympathetic student let them through, the women sat their exams while the protestors yelled outside. At one point, a live sheep was thrust into the room. The “Surgeons' Hall riot”, as it was dubbed, was probably the lowest point in a 4-year campaign aimed at preventing the seven women from completing their medical degrees at the University of Edinburgh.

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