Elsie Inglis - The Woman With the Torch

Eva Shaw McLaren (1852 - 1921)

This is a brief biography of the Scottish physician and suffragist Dr. Elsie Inglis. Dr. Inglis founded a maternity hospital for the poor in Edinburgh (then known as the Hospice, but later as the Elsie Inglis Memorial Hospital), and was known for her charity and willingness to waive fees when patients could not afford her care. She was also a key figure in Scotland's Women's Suffrage Movement. She is best known, however, for founding the Scottish Women's Hospitals for Foreign Service, which provided staffed teams of female-staffed field hospitals to war zones during World War I. - Summary by Ciufi Galeazzi

Genre(s): Biography & Autobiography, Modern (20th C)

Language: English

Section Chapter Reader Time
Play 00 Preface and Introduction Ciufi Galeazzi
Play 01 Elsie Inglis Tributes from Various Sources- A Woman of Solved Problems Ciufi Galeazzi
Play 02 The Rock From Which She Was Hewn Elsie Ingles the Central Figure on the Stage - Men and Women of the Past, The People of Her Race, Crowd Round Her - Their Influence on Her - Their Spirit Seen in Hers Ciufi Galeazzi
Play 03 1864-1894 Childhood in India- Friendship With Her Father - Schooldays in Edinburgh - Death of Her Mother - Study of Medicine - Death of Her Father - Practice Started in Edinburgh in 1894 - Twenty Years of Professional Interests, Friendships - Varied Descriptions of Dr. Inglis by Miss S.E.S. Mair and Dr. Beatrice Russell Ciufi Galeazzi
Play 04 Her Medical Career Fellow Students' and Doctors' Reminiscences - The New School of Medicine for Women in Edinburgh -The Growth of Her Practice - Her Sympathy with Poor Patients - The Founding of The Hospice - Some Characteristics Ciufi Galeazzi
Play 05 The Solved Problems The Problems of the Unmarried Woman - Dr. Inglis's Unpublished Novel, The Story of a Modern Woman - Quotations from the Novel - Many Parts of the Novel Evidently Autobiographical - Heroine in Novel Solves the Problem of ''The Lonely Woman'' Ciufi Galeazzi
Play 06 ''Her Children'' Dr. Inglis a Child-Lover - Her Writings Full of Descriptions of Children - Quotations from the Novel Ciufi Galeazzi
Play 07 The Hospice Founded 1901 - Description of Premises in the High Street Amongst the Poor of Edinburgh - Dr. Inglis's Love for The Hospice Ciufi Galeazzi
Play 08 The Suffrage Campaign Justice of Claim Appealed to Dr. Inglis - Worked From Constitutional Point of View - Founding of Scottish Federation of Suffrage Societies - Dr. Inglis's Activities for the Cause - Tributes from Women Who Worked with Her - Description of Meeting Addressed by Her Ciufi Galeazzi
Play 09 Scottish Women's Hospitals Dr. Inglis at the Outbreak of War. Full of Vigour and Enthusiasm - Idea Mooted at Federation Committee Meeting - Rapid Growth - Hospitals in the Field in December Ciufi Galeazzi
Play 10 Serbia Dreadful Condition of Country - Arrival of Dr. Soltau and Dr. Hutchison and Unit - Dr. Inglis's Arrival in May, 1915 - Fountain of Mladanovatz - Letter from Officer Who Designed Fountain - Dr. Inglis and Her Unit Taken Prisoners in November - Account of Work at Krushevatz - Release in February, 1916 - Tributes from Miss Cristitch and Lieut. Col. Popovitch Ciufi Galeazzi
Play 11 Russia Dr. Inglis's start for Russia in August, 1916—Unit attached to Serb Division near Odessa—Three weeks' work at Medjidia—Retreat to Braila—Order of three retreats—Work at Reni—Description of Dr. Inglis by one of her Unit—Account of her last Communion Ciufi Galeazzi
Play 12 ''If You Want Us Home, Get THEM Out'' Serb Division in unenviable position—Dr. Inglis's determination to save them from wholesale slaughter—Hard work through summer months to achieve their safety—Efforts crowned with success—Left for England in October, bringing her Unit and the Division with her Ciufi Galeazzi
Play 13 ''The New Work'' and Memories Landed at Newcastle on November 23, 1917—Illness on voyage—Dr. Ethel Williams's testimony to her fearlessness in facing death—Triumph in passing—Scenes at funeral in Edinburgh—Memories Ciufi Galeazzi