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Jean Mary Scott (née Neville)

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 26 August 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5444
  1. Jane Cook,
  2. Jane Short,
  3. David A Cruikshank

Jane Cook and Jane Short write:

Dr Scott, who became a considerable force in medical politics as regards the status of women doctors, died suddenly at her home in Pitlochry, Perthshire, on 5 November, 2010.

She was born on 18 September 1921 in Airdrie, Lanarkshire, and, following school in school in Coatbridge, she attended Glasgow University graduating MB ChB in 1944 followed by an MD with commendation in 1948. Her thesis was on anaemia in pregnancy, and in 1949 her first paper on this topic was published in the British Medical Journal. This led to her becoming an internationally known expert on the subject. She established the first antenatal blood clinic in the west of Scotland and showed clearly that anaemia was the most common and serious complication of pregnancy. Dr Scott worked as a clinical pathologist in many Glasgow hospitals, her last appointment being at the Glasgow Royal Maternity Hospital and Wolfson Medical School at Strathclyde University.

After her formal retirement she continued to serve on committees furthering good causes of which she approved—the National Trust for Scotland, the Pitlochry Civic Trust, the Pitlochry Conservation Society, the WRVS, and the local church.

She continued cycling till the year prior to her death, when she re-cycled her bicycle to a child in Malawi.

Her husband predeceased her in 1995, but she continued to care for her garden in Pitlochry with its magnificent collection of rhododendrons.

Dr Scott is survived by her daughter, Marion, and son in law, Geoff, in Canada.

David A Cruikshank writes in his eulogy for Dr Scott:

An esteemed and highly respected lady.

Consultant haematologist and pathologist of international renown in her working life and for many years after her retiral in 1981.

Known as Dr Scott to so many who new her—her doctorate a fitting …

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