Nancy Loudon (née Mann)

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 12 May 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1945
  1. Ailsa E Gebbie

    Nancy Loudon (née Mann) was born in the Black Isle in 1926 into a large farming community and was the daughter of A J Mann, a prominent Ross-shire farmer and county councillor. She was dux of Fortrose Academy and, in 1944, entered the medical school in wartime Edinburgh. She excelled academically in her studies and obtained her medical degree with honours, one of only a handful of students to do so each year. She started work in the specialty of obstetrics and gynaecology, quickly becoming the registrar on the professorial unit, working under the supervision of Professor Robert Kellar. Her professional life changed dramatically when she became engaged to be married to a fellow gynaecologist, John Loudon. Professor Kellar declared that there was no place for a married woman in obstetrics, and she was forced to resign her post. Ironically, two years later John Loudon was to accept Professor Kellar’s registrar post …

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