Medicine And The Media

Medicine woman

BMJ 1995; 310 doi: (Published 10 June 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;310:1543
  1. Vivienne Van Someren

    In the opening credits, Dr Eleanor Bramwell strides in a grim and purposeful manner to her post as surgical dresser in a hospital in London's east end in 1895. She is a young woman with a mission, pushing against barriers. Her first task is to protest against the conduct of an “ovariectomy.” This operation is to be carried out on an unfortunate woman as a treatment for postnatal depression. The surgeon (last seen operating on the back end of a cow in All Creatures Great and Small) is flamboyant and has the medical students in stitches at Eleanor's expense. Her protest is unavailing and the …

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