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mainly on three doctors. There was Kathleen Lynn, who acted as chief medical officer during the Rising, and went on to found St Ultan’s Children’s Hospital. Isabella Webb set up an emergency hospital on Merrion Square to deal with the wounded, and later founded the Children’s Sunshine Home, which in its early days treated youngsters with rickets. And Dorothy Price was a guest in the Vice-Regal Lodge (now Aras an Uachtarain) and kept a fascinating diary of events during Easter week. She later became Ireland’s foremost medical expert on TB testing and immunisation. Though unmentioned in Noel Browne’s autobiography
the work of Dr Price is credited with saving the lives of many thousands of Irish children from the scourge of consumption. We have yet to hear whether our new children’s hospital will be named in honour of a heroine of child health in Ireland. These three formidable women of Irish paediatrics are all equally deserving.
Against The Tide,
What we call hypnopompic coprolalia was a source of great amusement to the staff. When Peggy asked whether she herself had said anything out of place after surgery, the nurses said they had a full recording and would use it for blackmail! A sense of humour has not been outlawed in our health service. Yet.