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Ruth Owen

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 01 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5154
  1. Margaret Owen

Ruth Tate was born in Missoula, Montana, and intended to become a writer, graduating in English literature from Boston University in 1951. The death of her younger sister in a car crash changed her ambitions: “If I couldn’t save my sister, I would save others.” Although it was an unusual route for an arts graduate, Ruth secured a place at University of Pennsylvania Medical School in Philadelphia and decided on a career in anaesthetics. A chance meeting on a trip to London in 1953 led to a transatlantic romance with Griff (S G Owen), a cardiology registrar, …

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