Rita Walford (née Gleiberman)BMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1406 (Published 24 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1406
- Diana Walford
Rita Walford was born in Birmingham on 7 June 1915, the fourth of six children. Her eldest sister was struck down with meningitis at the age of 2 and that remained her mental age until her death at the age of 20, while a younger brother was born with bilateral talipes equinus. The corrective treatment required was beyond the family’s means, but their wonderful pre-NHS general practitioner persuaded the orthopaedic surgeon to waive his fees and the treatment was successful. From these early experiences came Rita’s burning ambition to study medicine, although the odds were very much stacked against her.
Awarded a foundation scholarship in 1927 to King Edward VI High …