Catherine Gilray Bailey (née Simpson)

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 22 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1197
  1. Mark Bailey

    Dr Catherine Gilray Bailey (née Simpson) was born on 20 December 1919 in Greenock, Scotland, the eldest of four daughters, to Mary and Charles McGregor Simpson (and was a descendant of James Gillray, the famous political cartoonist). She was educated at Greenock Academy prior to studying at Glasgow and Birmingham Universities. After qualifying as a doctor of medicine, because of the second world war, she was immediately called up and served in the Royal Army Medical Corps. During her time in the British Army she found that, wherever she was posted, on arrival the very first words spoken to her were, “Good God, you’re a woman,” and this followed by a hasty rearrangement of billeting due to her being of the fairer …

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