Margery Lila Moncrieff (née Allen)

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 11 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a750
  1. Clare Markham

    At school Margery loved botany, but perhaps because she had spent much of her childhood being ill herself—she had frequent episodes of pneumonia confining her to bed for many weeks at time—her interests turned to medicine. She needed to improve her physics, so spent a year at Bedford College doing so well that at the end of the year she was offered a place to read physics. She was not tempted by this, and took up the offer to do medicine at the Royal Free. This was post-war London, and, as the Royal Free Hospital and Medical School had been bombed during the war, she and her friends had to travel around various parts of London for their studies. It was during this time she developed her love of classical music. Her parents were shocked to see a picture of …

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