Today, the United States celebrates #nationaldoctorday
Whilst we would ordinarily celebrate & thank Doctors for all their hard work, at this time, as we experience an unprecedented global pandemic, it is more important than ever to thank, not only our Doctors, but our nurses, carers and all those who look after us in our time of need.
Without all those who risk themselves by providing our essential NHS services, the situation would be unfathomable!
We also think of #elizabethgarrettanderson today too as she was the first woman to qualify as a physician in Britain!
Did you know that a hospital, created especially to treat women, and specifically to enable poor women to obtain medical treatment from qualified female practitioner, an unusual thing for that era, was named in her honour?
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson was appointed General Medical Attendant to St Mary's Dispensary in 1866, where she worked for over 20 years. The hospital was eventually renamed the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital in 1918
Above each bed was a stained-glass panel by #christopherwebb , which each panel being sponsored by different groups and societies. These panels are an example of Webb's early work and are considered to be amongst his best. He had trained with the architect and stained-glass artist #jniniancomper (1864-1960) and shared with him a preference for late medieval and renaissance styles.
These panel, which are displayed at The @stainedglassmuseum , were designed and created by Webb in the 1920s. Specifically, we know one was sponsored by the Swedish Physical Training Collage and that the other, the Winifred Everitt bed, was endowed by the women secretaries and clerks
Elizabeth Garrett Anderson had many outstanding achievements to her name, including being a co-founder of the first hospital staffed by women, the first Dean of a British medical school, the first female doctor of medicine in France, & as Mayor of Aldeburgh, the first female mayor and magistrate in Britain! She was also a significant figure in the British Suffrage movement#stainedglassmuseum #stainedglass #ely #1920s #20thcentury