Janet Henderson

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 28 November 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e7650
  1. Peter Grant

Janet Henderson was the daughter of Andrew Forrest, a medical officer of health, and his wife Mary, a GP’s daughter. She was brought up in London and Leytonstone, attending Woodford High School for Girls in Essex.

She returned to Edinburgh for her medical education in 1941, and when she was there met her husband to be, Lindsay, during an air raid practice. At that time, before the NHS, when every encounter with a doctor had to be paid for, she remembered having to charge patients 10 shillings (50p) to have their blood pressure measured—and making voluntary visits to tenements off the Royal Mile to treat families too poor to pay. Having completed her house jobs in medicine at the Northern General, and obstetrics at the Elsie Inglis, Edinburgh, she did an internship in Kingston, Ontario, while Lindsay completed his national service as a captain with the Royal Army Medical Corps in Germany. He proposed …

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