Sheila Maclean Ross

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 14 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5834
  1. J R Y Ross

Sheila Maclean Ross was the daughter of Dr James Ross, consultant ophthalmologist at Carlisle. The day after she was born, her father wrote (to her older brother): “Her name is Sheila Maclean Ross. If she had been a boy, the name would (perhaps!) have been Heila, for a Healer is a Doctor. I suppose Sheila (or Shealer) is a “lady-doctor” or “doctoress,” or something else you can invent for yourself. Joking …

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