Mary Millicent Rayner (née Dale)

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 05 January 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:56

Former general practitioner King's Norton, Birmingham (b 1923; q Birmingham 1947; MRCGP), died from right middle cerebral artery embolism on 7 October 2005.

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Mary decided at the age of 5 that she wanted to become a doctor. To realise her ambition, she had to persuade her headmistress to allow her to attend the local boys' school to study sciences, which were not taught at the girls' school. In 1954 she applied for and was awarded, out of 107 applicants, a practice in King's Norton by the Medical Practices Committee, becoming the first woman to be awarded an NHS practice in this way. Homoeopathy was an abiding interest for her. Predeceased by a son, she leaves a husband, Stephen; six children; and 15 grandchildren.

[C M Rayner]


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