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Madeleine Sharp

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 20 March 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1959
  1. John Middleton, David Fish

Madeleine Sharp was a prominent general practitioner and peace campaigner for many years. At home in Newcastle and influenced by her mother, she began to be aware of politics and social justice as an antifascist in response to the Spanish civil war. Her journey into medicine was not straightforward—despite her desire to become a doctor, the family could not afford to send her to medical school until the formation of the NHS enabled her to secure a grant to study at Edinburgh University. She had initially trained as a nurse and enlisted in the Queen Alexandra Royal Army Nursing Corps, serving in India. Towards the end of the second world war, Madeleine was sent to northwest India as a member of the third India armoured brigade, to work alongside Muslims …

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