Agnes Helen Neilson Mellanby

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 05 October 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:780

Former general practitioner Leicester (b Montreal 1911; q Sheffield 1944; PhD, MD), died from pneumonia on 26 May 2001.

She was a zoologist before becoming a doctor. In 1935 she went to Entebbe, Uganda, to study the tsetse fly. On her return, she became a university demonstrator in zoology at Sheffield and wrote Animal Life in Fresh Water. She qualified in medicine while also teaching zoology. After working at the Sheffield children's hospital and assisting in a rural general practice, she did clinical trials on flu vaccines at the National Institute for Medical Research and then studied the incidence of dental caries in children. In 1953 she returned to clinical medicine, working on hypertension at the Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith, before taking a singlehanded practice in Leicester. She always remained attached to her Scottish roots and on retiring spent her summers pottering in her cottage in the north of Scotland, with her Abyssinian cats.

[Jane Mellanby]

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