All you need to know about gynaecologists

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Gynaecology is now combined with obstetrics. Consultants who specialise in these fields are known as gynaecologists and obstetricians, and it should be known that it is not only women doctors who work in this area. Obstetrics and gynaecology are concerned with the detection, diagnosis and treatment of conditions and problems that affect the female reproductive system, disease that are specific to women and the care of a pregnant woman and her unborn baby. What does the role of the gynaecologist involve? The work of obstetricians and gynaecologists is varied and interesting; in many cases, gynaecologists work in close co-operation with other medical professionals, including urologists, … [Read more...]

History of women in healthcare

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Historically, medicine has been a profession dominated by males, but over the course of the last century, the number of women pursuing a career in medicine has increased significantly and in the next ten years, women doctors are set to outnumber male doctors for the first time in history. Until the late 1800’s, all doctors working in the UK were male; however, after campaigns and high profile cases such as that of Dr Elizabeth Garrett-Anderson, an act was finally passed to allow women to train as doctors in 1876. Initially, women doctors were ridiculed by their male counterparts and many found it very difficult to cope with the additional challenge of coping with male colleagues; however, … [Read more...]