Suffragette Surgeons of Endell Street

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What you’ll do

Join acclaimed writer Wendy Moore to learn about the story of the suffragette doctors who ran Endell Street Military Hospital in the heart of London in World War I.

Founded by Louisa Garrett Anderson and Flora Murray, Endell Street was the only hospital within the British Army to be staffed by women. All the doctors, nurses and orderlies were female, except for a handful of male helpers.

Wendy will examine the legacy of the suffragette doctors and their pioneering and determined work in a hostile environment.

You will be able to watch this event on Wellcome Collection’s YouTube channel, and submit questions in advance or during the event using Slido. Your microphone and camera will not be on. After booking a ticket you will receive an email with joining instructions.

About your speaker

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Wendy Moore

@wendymoore99 on Twitter

Wendy Moore is a freelance journalist and award-winning author of five books on medical and social history. Her first book, ‘The Knife Man’, a biography of the 18th-century surgeon John Hunter, was published in 2005. It won the UK Medical Journalists’ Association Consumer Book Award and was shortlisted for the Marsh Biography Award and the Saltire Award. Her latest book, ‘Endell Street’, tells the story of a military hospital that was run by women in London during World War I. It was a Radio 4 Book of the Week.



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