Margaret Monica Fisher (née Hanford)

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 07 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:861

Former schools medical officer Zambia (b Pretoria, South Africa, 1912; q Royal Free Hospital, London, 1937), died from bronchopneumonia on 1 September 2004.

After house jobs Monica went out to Northern Rhodesia, now Zambia, in 1939. There she worked in a small rural hospital without any other qualified staff. In 1941 she married the surgeon Alfred Charles Fisher, moving to Luanshya. Until the second world war ended she helped the mine medical service. She took a short course in ophthalmology and collaborated with research into river blindness in Central Africa. It was found that much of the childhood blindness in the local population was caused by the use of toxic herbs by traditional healers. Research into childhood malnutrition gained her an MSc at the age of 60. Predeceased by her husband, she leaves four children.

[F W Hanford]


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