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18 December, 2020Sir Lancelot Spratt – an obituary By Tim Mitchell Public fascination with all things medical continues to spawn a range of books, films and television programmes both fictional and based on reality. The nature of clinical medicine with its plethora of interactions between staff and patients is fertile ground for story-telling. Every doctor, nurse and other healthcare worker has a catalogue of ...18 December, 2020FICTIONAL FOREMOTHERS BY WOMEN, 1 Fiona Subotsky (MWF President, 1999-2000) Charlotte M Yonge and Dr Janet Brownlow Charlotte M Yonge (1823–1901) Charlotte Yonge was a prolific Victorian novelist whose work is little read today, probably because of its open intention to edify young women. In ‘Magnum Bonum; or Mother Carey's Brood’ (1879), Janet is the oldest of a large ‘brood’ of ...17 November, 2020FICTIONAL FOREMOTHERS BY MEN, 4 Fiona Subotsky (MWF President, 1999-2000) Arthur Conan Doyle and Dr Verrinder Smith Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859 – 1930) ‘The Doctors of Hoyland’ (1894) is a short story written by Arthur Conan Doyle, a doctor himself, and best known for his Sherlock Holmes detective tales. The story centres on Dr James Ripley, a youngish doctor who has taken over his ...22 October, 2020FICTIONAL FOREMOTHERS BY MEN, 3 Fiona Subotsky (MWF President, 1999-2000) Wilkie Collins and Dr Sophia Pillico Wilkie Collins, 1824-1889 The short story ‘Fie, Fie! the Fair Physician’, by Willie Collins, was published in 1882. It is presented as if an edited account from a woman participant - which allows the actual author to distance himself from the views expressed. This time, the ...1 October, 2020FICTIONAL FOREMOTHERS BY MEN, 2 Fiona Subotsky (MWF President, 1999-2000) Anthony Trollope and Miss Doctor Olivia Q Fleabody Anthony Trollope 1815-1882 ‘Is He Popenjoy’ (1878) is a novel by Anthony Trollope with some similarities to Charles Reade’s ‘A Woman-Hater’. The story concerns the early marital relationship of Lord George Germain, the younger brother of the absentee Marquis of ...22 September, 2020This is the first in a series of blogs by past president, Dr Fiona Subotsky. Come back next week to read the next blog! FICTIONAL FOREMOTHERS BY MEN, BLOG 1 Fiona Subotsky (MWF President, 1999-2000) Charles Reade and Dr Rhoda Gale In this blog series I shall be discussing in date order some of the early British fictional representations of that strange creature ‘the lady doctor’. Light ...25 November, 2019Sophie Almond is a second year PhD student studying at the University of Leicester. Her thesis, ‘The Medical Women’s Federation, 1879-1948’ seeks to shed new light on the early history of the organisation, and to explore how perceptions of women’s health changed during this seventy year period. Her research is funded by the Midlands4Cities Doctoral Training ...25 November, 2019The usual path of getting into medical school wasn’t the one destined for me. After getting rejected from all the universities I applied to for medicine the first-time round, I decided to take a gap year and try again. I can now proudly say it was the best decision I have ever made and now study at University College London (UCL). Within university, I am the Welfare and Volunteering Officer of ...2 August, 2019- Winner: Amelle Ra, Medical Student, University of Liverpool “I believe most conscientiously and thoroughly that women as a body are sexually, constitutionally and mentally unfit for the hard-incessant toil, and for the heavy responsibilities of general surgical practice. At the same time, I believe as thoroughly that there is a branch of our profession – midwifery – to which they might be ...11 October, 2018Four months since the wonderful MWF Spring Conference in Cardiff, I have now settled into my role as President and have a full list of great events and updates to pass on to our members. The first thing I would urge you to do is to join Twitter, it takes five minutes to set up and will give you daily updates on my visits and talks representing MWF as well as keeping you updated on MWF matters. It ...