"The first woman......" London Off The Beaten Path Tip by leics

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  Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital building
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...to be registered as a medical doctor in England was Elizabeth Garrett Anderson (the first Welsh female doctor was registered just 3 months before her).

Anderson obtained her medical degree in France in 1870, and was subsequently appointed visiting physician to the East London Hospital for Sick children.

In 1873 she became the first female doctor to be a member of the British Medical Association and remained the only woman for a further 19 years.

In 1866 Anderson had become a general medical assistant at St Mary's Dispensary, set up to allow poor women to access medical advice from other women. She worked there for 20 years, during which time the dispensary developed into the New Hospital for Women.

She was a truly remarkable woman, and that fact was reflected in 1918 when the New Hospital for Women was renamed the 'Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital.

Although the hospital is no longer in its original building, you can still see the building (with its dedication to Anderson spelt out in the brickwork) on Euston Road.

She was a remarkable woman.

Website: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/historic_figures/garrett_anderson_elizabeth.shtml

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  • Written May 14, 2011
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