A name for new chil­dren’s hospi­tal

The Irish Times - - Comment & Letters -

Sir, – I ap­plaud Diar­muid Fer­riter’s ex­cel­lent ar­ti­cle on Dr Kath­leen Lynn (Opinion, Oc­to­ber 28th) and sup­port his opinion that the new chil­dren’s hospi­tal be named in her hon­our.

Dr Kath­leen Lynn (1874-1955) was a re­mark­able woman. She de­voted her life as a doc­tor pre­dom­i­nantly to the care of poor young chil­dren in Dublin. Dr Lynn and Made­line french-Mullen founded St Ul­tan’s Hospi­tal for in­fants in Charlemont Street, Dublin in 1919. Not only did the hospi­tal treat ill and mal­nour­ished in­fants, but it also tried to ed­u­cate the com­mu­nity on ways to pre­vent ill­ness. St Ul­tan’s Hospi­tal’s most im­por­tant legacy to pub­lic health in Ire­land was the in­tro­duc­tion of BCG vac­ci­na­tion for pre­ven­tion of TB.

Dr Lynn was also an ar­dent na­tion­al­ist who, as chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer for the Ir­ish Cit­i­zen Army, treated the wounded dur­ing the Ris­ing and was im­pris­oned af­ter­wards.

Th­ese achieve­ments make Dr Lynn wor­thy of hav­ing her name in­cluded in the ti­tle of the new hospi­tal. – Yours, etc, Dr FREDA GOR­MAN, Con­sul­tant Pae­di­a­tri­cian (re­tired),

Our Lady’ Hospi­tal for Sick Chil­dren, Dublin 12.

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