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19 May 2022  


Dr David Durnin

Dr David Durnin

Dr David Durnin

Dr David Durnin was awarded a Special Commendation Prize in the competition for the Publication Prize in Irish History for his publication, ‘The Irish Medical Profession and the First World War’, published in 2019 by Palgrave MacMillan.

David completed his PhD at the Centre for the History of Medicine in Ireland, School of History, University College Dublin. He has received several grants and awards for his work including an Irish Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship and the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland History of Medicine Research Award. His books include The Irish Medical Profession and the First World War (Palgrave Macmillan, 2019) and with Ian Miller, Medicine, Health and Irish Experiences of Conflict, 1914-45 (Manchester University Press, 2017).

The Irish Medical Profession and the First World War assesses the extent of, and reasons for, Irish medical personnel’s involvement in the First World War. It also interrogates the effects of global conflict on Ireland’s domestic medical infrastructure, especially its hospital network, and considers how Ireland’s wartime doctors reintegrated into an Irish society that subsequently became embroiled in Civil War. In doing so, this book provides the first comprehensive study of the effect of the First World War on the medical profession in Ireland.