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Rose Margaret Fraser Stellman

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 08 April 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d2204
  1. Carole M Stellman

Rose Margaret Fraser was born in Aberdeen, the elder of two daughters. Apart from a few years in Vancouver, she spent most of her early years there. Rose attended Central School, Aberdeen, from 1928 to 1934. She went on to obtain an MB ChB medical degree from Aberdeen University (1934-9). Her medical career thus started at a time before the NHS or the availability of antibiotics.

Childhood infectious diseases were rife, and vaccinations had not been introduced for most of them. Rose was therefore to witness many deaths and disabilities which today would be avoidable. Her first job was at Tor-na-Dee Sanatorium for patients with tuberculosis (TB). The second world war was declared two days later. In …

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