Agnes Macfarlane Stark

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 22 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5969
  1. Robert Gibson

Agnes (Nan) Macfarlane Stark was born in Coatbridge, Lanarkshire, into a farming family with no medical connections. She was encouraged in her medical aspirations by her grandfather despite the disapproval of her mother, who felt it was unladylike. Despite the dangers of wartime Glasgow and the daunting prospect of being one of only 10 girls in her year studying medicine, she enjoyed the rigours of university.

She was offered a Rockefeller scholarship to the US in 1943 but declined as her parents were reluctant for her …

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