Mary Helmer (Mrs Sterland)

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 08 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3130
  1. John Sterland

At her Royal Free interview in 1937, Mary Helmer was advised to visit Germany to read original medical papers. With no grants for students outside London, she survived on £3 a week. She caught diphtheria from an evacuated child, receiving horse serum treatment leading to a rash. During the second world war the preclinical …

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