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Pride Versus PrejudiceJewish Doctors and Lawyers in England, 1890-1990$
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John Cooper

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9781874774877

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: February 2021

DOI: 10.3828/liverpool/9781874774877.001.0001

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Jewish General Practitioners and Consultants between the World Wars

Jewish General Practitioners and Consultants between the World Wars

(p.68) Three Jewish General Practitioners and Consultants between the World Wars
Pride Versus Prejudice

John Cooper

Liverpool University Press

This chapter looks at Jewish general practitioners and consultants between the world wars. It shows that the massive influx of Jews into the medical profession started during the First World War and continued into the 1920s and 1930s. Although there is a widespread belief among Anglo-Jewish historians that discrimination made entry into the medical profession difficult for Jews, finding a place in an English medical school was in fact—apart from a few isolated incidents—relatively straightforward for Jewish students during the inter-war period. However, problems arose when Jews from an immigrant background tried to obtain house appointments and staff positions in the leading London and provincial hospitals. Even the top students, if they were the children of east European Jewish immigrants, sometimes found it difficult to obtain these positions in the London teaching hospitals or such institutions as the Manchester Royal Infirmary during the 1920s, though it became slightly easier in the following decade.

Keywords:   Jewish general practitioners, Jewish consultants, medical profession, English medical school, Jewish medical students, inter-war period, Jewish immigrants, medical staff positions, house appointments, London teaching hospitals

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