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Anderson, Elizabeth Garrett (1836–1917), physician, was born on 9 June 1836 at 1 Commercial Road, Whitechapel, London, the second of the nine children of Newson Garrett (1812–1893), grain merchant and maltster of Aldeburgh, Suffolk, and his wife, Louisa (1813–1903), daughter of John Dunnell...

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Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (1836–1917) by Walery, c. 1889 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ayrton [née Chaplin], Matilda Charlotte (1846–1883), physician, was born in Honfleur, France, the daughter of John Clarke Chaplin, a solicitor. Her early studies were in drawing and painting and she used her artistic talents throughout her subsequent career. But she began what was to prove a long struggle to qualify as a doctor about 1867. She attended classes at the ...

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Bentham, Ethel (1861–1931), physician and politician, was born on 5 January 1861 at 82 King William Street, City of London, one of at least two daughters of William Bentham, an inspector and later general manager of the Standard Life Assurance Company, and his wife, ...

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Blackwell, Elizabeth (1821–1910), physician, was born on 3 February 1821 at Counterslip Street, Bristol, the third daughter and the third of nine children of Samuel Blackwell (c.1790–1838), sugar refiner, and his wife, Hannah, daughter of Bristol jewellers (husband and wife) named ...

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Elizabeth Blackwell (1821–1910) by Swaine © Wellcome Library, London

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Blake, Sophia Louisa Jex- (1840–1912), physician and campaigner for women's rights, was born on 21 January 1840 at 3 Croft Place, Hastings, Sussex. She was the youngest of the three surviving children of Thomas Jex-Blake (1790–1868), proctor of Doctors' Commons, and his wife, ...

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Sophia Louisa Jex- Blake (1840–1912) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bobath [née Busse], Berta Ottilie (1907–1991), physiotherapist, was born in Berlin on 5 December 1907, the daughter of Hermann Busse, a Jewish manufacturer of dresses. She trained as a remedial gymnast in Germany, and married Kurt Roehl, from whom she later obtained a divorce; the couple had one son, ...

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Boyle, Helen (1869–1957), physician and specialist in the treatment of mental illness, was born in Dublin on 19 November 1869, the eldest of the five children of Richard Warneford Boyle (d. 1900), a banker, and Alice Mary (d. 1921), née Chambers...

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Brown, Dame Edith Mary (1864–1956), medical missionary and founder of the North India School of Medicine for Christian Women, was born on 24 March 1864 at Bank Buildings, 10A Coats Lane, Whitehaven, Cumberland. One of six children, she was the second of three daughters born to ...

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Butler, Fanny Jane (1850–1889), physician and medical missionary, was born on 5 October 1850 at 6 Cheyne Walk, Chelsea, London, the eighth of the ten children of Thomas Butler (b. 1809), who worked at the British Museum, and his wife, Jane Isabella North...

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Callender, Sheila Theodora Elsie (1914–2004), physician and haematologist, was born on 5 April 1914 at Inverard, High View Road, Sidcup Hill, Sidcup, Kent, the youngest of the four children of Thomas Marshall Callender, general practitioner, and his wife, Charlotte Elizabeth Marie Rose, née...

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Carter, Yvonne Helen (1959–2009), general practitioner and medical educationist, was born on 16 April 1959 at 3 Woburn Hill, Stoneycroft, Liverpool, was educated at Notre Dame High School, Liverpool, and then was accepted as a medical student at St Mary's Hospital medical school...

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Yvonne Helen Carter (1959–2009) by unknown photographer, c.2007 University of Warwick

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Casson, Elizabeth (1881–1954), medical practitioner, was born at Cae Derwen, Denbigh, on 14 April 1881, the sixth of seven children of Thomas Casson (1843–1911), bank manager, and his wife, Laura Ann, née Thomas (1843–1912). The actor and theatre director Sir Lewis Thomas Casson...

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Elizabeth Casson (1881–1954) by unknown photographer, c.1902 Dorset House Archive with permission from the Elizabeth Casson Trust

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Chesser [née Sloan], Elizabeth Macfarlane (1877–1940), physician and medical journalist, was born at 4 Newton Terrace, Glasgow, on 18 May 1877, the daughter of Samuel Sloan (1843–1920), a physician, and his wife, Elizabeth Macfarlane. She was educated at Queen Margaret College, Glasgow...

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Dame Harriette Chick (1875–1977) by Elliott & Fry © National Portrait Gallery, London