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New gallery celebrates life and work of Britain’s first woman doctor

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d3689 (Published 10 June 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d3689
  1. David Payne
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The gynaecologist Wendy Savage was driving down London’s Euston Road in 1992 when she spotted protestors fighting to save the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital. Founded in 1890 by the East End pawnbroker’s daughter who became Britain’s first woman to gain a medical qualification, the hospital treated only women and children until its closure in 2000, when services were transferred to the nearby University College Hospital.

Professor Savage founded the “EGA for women” campaign. Its achievements include getting the Queen Anne-style building listed and, to …

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