Sir Anthony Alment

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 13 April 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:920

Obstetrician who persuaded doctors to take note of feminist dissatisfaction with health care

Tony Alment perhaps did more than any other male doctor of his generation in furthering the cause of women's rights. As honorary secretary of the Royal College of Obstetricians from 1969, he recognised the increasing sense of dissatisfaction that the growing feminist movement was expressing about his specialty. He encouraged his colleagues to take this dissatisfaction seriously. He also supported the cause of women in medicine and encouraged part time training posts for women doctors.

Tony wrought change on a national scale while working in a district general hospital providing care for a community. Appointed to Northampton and Kettering General Hospitals in 1960, he introduced new standards of consultation and discussion to his …

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