Emily Winifred Dickson was born in Tyone, Ireland back in 1866 to Thomas and Elizabeth. Her mother was sick for most of her childhood so she nursed her for over a year after school. She was educated at the Mrs. Byers’ Ladies Collegiate school in Belfast. At the time women were not allowed to attend Trinity College, Dublin however in 1887 she was accepted to the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland.
By 1891, she had achieved her license with a Bachelor of Medicine with honors. After graduation, she was awarded a travelling scholarship by the Royal University of Ireland spending six months in Vienna and Berlin. She practiced gynecology for the Richmond, Whitworth and Hardwick Hospital in Dublin from 1895 to 1898. She married Robert Martin in 1899, thus ending her practice of medicine until WWI. She caught the Spanish Flu in 1919 which affected her health. With the onset of WWII, she once again was hired by Rainhill Mental Hospital in Lancashire when she died of cancer in 1944, she was 77.
What you may not know about Emily is that she was the first female Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland and the first female Fellow of any of the Royal Colleges of Surgery in Great Britain and Ireland.
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