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R. J. Rowlette

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Atthill, Lombe (1827–1910), obstetrician and gynaecologist, born on 3 December 1827 at Ardess, Magheraculmoney, co. Fermanagh, Ireland, was the youngest of ten surviving children of William Atthill (1774–1847) and his wife, Henrietta Margaret Eyre, eldest daughter of George Maunsell, dean of Leighlin. Atthill's...

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Aveling, James Hobson (1828–1892), obstetric physician, was born in Cambridgeshire, the son of a local landowner. He studied medicine at Aberdeen University, where he graduated MB in 1856 and MD in 1857. He had settled in Sheffield in general practice soon after qualifying MRCS in 1851 and in a very short time managed to gain a prominent position in the profession locally. Having devoted himself especially to the treatment of the surgical diseases of women, in 1863 he founded the ...

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Baird, Sir Dugald (1899–1986), obstetrician, was born on 16 November 1899 in Beith, Ayrshire, the eldest in the family of three sons and one daughter of David Baird, head of the science department at Greenock Academy, and his wife, May, daughter of John Allan...

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Barlow, James (1767–1839), obstetric surgeon, was born at Croichley Fold Farm, Hawkshaw, Lancashire, the son of William Barlow (d. 1815) and his wife, Catherine Taylor (d. 1768); they also had a daughter, Catherine, and an elder son, John. He was a descendant of the ...

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Barnes, Dame (Alice) Josephine Mary Taylor (1912–1999), obstetrician and gynaecologist, was born in Cliff Road, Sheringham, Norfolk, on 18 August 1912, the first of five children of Walter Wharton Barnes, a Methodist minister from Addingham, Yorkshire, and his wife, Alice Mary, formerly Ibbetson...

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Dame (Alice) Josephine Mary Taylor Barnes (1912–1999) by Nick Sinclair, 1995 © Nick Sinclair; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barnes, Robert (1817–1907), obstetric physician, was born in Norwich on 4 September 1817, the second of the six children of Philip Barnes (1791–1874), an architect and one of the founders of the Royal Botanic Society of London, and his wife, Harriet Futter, daughter of a ...

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Robert Barnes (1817–1907) by John Horsburgh, 1889 Wellcome Library, London

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[Anon.]

revised by Elizabeth Baigent

Batty, Robert (1762/3–1849), obstetric physician, was born at Kirkby Lonsdale, Westmorland. After receiving his medical education in London and Edinburgh, he graduated MD at the University of St Andrews on 30 August 1797, shortly after which he settled in London as an obstetric physician. He is probably the ...

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Beilby, William (1783–1849), obstetric physician, was born at Sheffield on 13 April 1783, the son of Thomas Beilby and his wife, Isabella. In 1807 he entered into a partnership in the linen trade with some relatives in Dublin, but in 1813 he moved to ...

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Bethune [née Peebles], Margaret (1820–1887), midwife, was born in Largo, Fife, on 2 October 1820, the only child of Margaret Walker (d. 1874), a linen worker. Her father was Andrew Peebles, a weaver of Lundin Mill. The family was not wealthy, although in 1847 ...

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Margaret Bethune (1820–1887) by unknown photographer Queen Margaret University College, Edinburgh

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Blacker, Sir George Francis (1865–1948), obstetrician, was born in Dublin on 23 October 1865, the fourth child of Commissary-Major-General Latham William Blacker (1829–1916), who came from a military and landed family in co. Tyrone, and his wife, Harriette de Maine (d. 1908)...

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[Anon.]

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Bland, Robert (1740–1816), man-midwife, was born at King's Lynn, Norfolk, the son of David Bland, an attorney in the town, and was educated at the London hospitals. He married some time about 1774; the classical scholar Robert Bland (1779?–1825) and the politician William Bland (1789–1868)...

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Blegborough, Ralph (1769–1827), physician and man-midwife, was born on 3 April 1769 at Richmond, Yorkshire, where his father, Henry Blegborough, was a surgeon. He was educated at the grammar school of his native town, and, after acting for some time as apprentice to his father, continued his medical studies first at the ...

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Bourne, Aleck William (1886–1974), obstetrician and gynaecologist, was born into modest circumstances on 4 June 1886 at Rosebank, Whetstone, Finchley, Middlesex, the only son of the Revd William Charles Bourne, a Wesleyan minister, and his wife, Sarah Wilson Palmer. He was educated at ...

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Cellier, Elizabeth (fl. 1668–1688), midwife, has been linked to the Dormer family of Buckinghamshire, while her enemies claimed that she was a brazier's daughter from Canterbury. Cellier said that she converted to Catholicism out of loyalty to the crown, after her father and brother died on the same day during the civil war. Nothing is known of her training as a midwife, although from her writings it appears that she owned ...

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Champneys, Sir Francis Henry, first baronet (1848–1930), obstetrician, was born on 25 March 1848 in Whitechapel, London, the fourth son of the Revd (William) Weldon Champneys (1807–1875), rector of St Mary's Church, Whitechapel, afterwards dean of Lichfield, and his wife, Mary Anne, fourth daughter of ...

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Chapman, Edmund (d. 1738), man-midwife, is known to have practised at South Halstead in Essex, although nothing is known of his early life. He is remembered for publishing the first full account of the midwifery forceps in his An Essay on the Improvement of Midwifery, Chiefly with Regard to the Operation...