The national boundaries of the Swedish medical profession


The complete blog post by Olle Jansson, Uppsala University, is only available in Swedish. A short summary in English is provided below.

This blog post discusses the Swedish medical profession's reactions to immigrants in the mid-20th century. Specifically, it discusses the contents of the author's article in Scandia 2021:2. This article starts with the Bollhus Meeting (in Uppsala) and the Swedish Medical Association's negative reaction to the Uppsala medical student union's plan to invite ten German-Jewish doctors to Sweden in 1939. The reason seems in part due to the lack of permanent positions compared to the number of physicians who were granted their degrees during the interwar period. Jansson then investigates when in time this opposition to "importing physicians" transitioned to a positive view (current today). The research is based on articles from Läkartidningen ("the medical journal").