Her admission was strongly opposed by many faculty members on the basis of gender, but most fervently by Sir Robert Christison
. Jex-Blake had some supporters within the faculty as well, including Professor David Masson
had long been in correspondence with SJB
, and reflected on the success of the women's movement in Edinburgh: Dr. Sophia Jex-Blake has made that greatest of all contributions to the end...
She explained that the rioters were led by Dr Christison
's class assistant, a Mr Craig.
Roberts, Shirley. Sophia Jex-Blake. Routledge.
This testimony sparked a libel lawsuit, initiated by Craig. Contemporary accounts describe the case as heavily prejudiced, as...