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Feroz Shah

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 10 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1146

Surgeon who battled to advance the cause of women's medical education in Pakistan

Feroz Shah was a consultant general surgeon in Pakistan who carried out important research on tetanus and devised his own techniques for correcting clubfoot and oesophageal strictures and dilatation. But as a staunch follower of Islam he was perhaps most remarkable for his efforts to allow more Pakistani women to train as doctors in a society that was barely ready to send daughters and sisters to schools and colleges. An ardent believer in women's rights, he struggled endlessly for women's education in the North-west Frontier province, where attitudes towards women are generally stricter than elsewhere in Pakistan. Before his death Dr Shah was able to see his dream materialise as the clergy led government of the province established its first medical college for women.

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