Mollie McBride

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 17 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g204
  1. Michael McBride

Mary McBride (née Gregson, known as “Mollie”) was a general practitioner who made an important contribution to her specialty during a lifetime of work with the NHS, from which she retired in 1996.

She qualified with honours, one of few women in a graduating year largely made up of de-mobbed ex-servicemen from the second world war. Newly married to Louis McBride, a dentist who had served as a Royal Air Force officer during the war, she secured a position as an assistant in a rural dispensing practice in Tarporley, Cheshire. She recalled arriving there and being asked by the senior partner, who was very much of the old school, “Have you brought with you your own chloroform bottle?”

It was the perfect grounding for a young GP who was expected to be …

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