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Sheenah Jean McKinnon Russell

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 20 March 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:675
  1. Morag Williams

The death of Dr Sheenah Jean McKinnon Russell took place just three weeks short of her 87th birthday in Dumfries and Galloway Royal Infirmary, where she had given outstanding and distinguished service as the first full time consultant paediatrician—a rare achievement for a woman at the time—and where she was the doyenne of the medical scene.

Sheenah, the only child of George and Jean Russell, both teachers, spent her youth in Glasgow. She attended the High School for Girls. A distinguished pupil, her reports placed her first in her class each year and dux of the school.

At Glasgow University she studied medicine and graduated MB ChB in 1943. She was awarded the class medal in clinical medicine, and she received a first class certificate. She took up resident posts in midwifery at Lennox Castle; in medicine at Stobhill, where Professor Noah Morris proved to be a wonderful teacher; and surgery at Glasgow Royal Infirmary. Wartime conditions hampered progress because the medical boards of the local war office failed to give leave for her to proceed to a resident’s position at the Sick Children’s Hospital. Nevertheless, she pursued her special interest by serving unofficially in the Sick Children’s Hospital and doing jobs for the professor, who in time achieved clinical assistant status for her there, a situation which merited some small remuneration. A Muirhead Scholarship of £50 per annum and an All Fellows Scholarship …

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