Katalin Eva Schopflin

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 10 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1040

A pioneer in family planning

When Hungarian-born Katalin Eva Schopflin received her certificate to practise in the United Kingdom it was after more than 20 frustrating years trying to get a toehold in her chosen profession. Events in European history and personal setbacks seemed to conspire to thwart her entry into medicine.

Despite a late start, she went on to make a mark in general practice. She was active in establishing the Royal College of General Practitioners and received an OBE for her pioneering family planning work.

Katalin's eventful route into medicine began in 1934 when she left Budapest and enrolled at the medical faculty …

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