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Ethel Mary Reddie

BMJ 2016; 353 doi: (Published 18 April 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;353:i2135
  1. Sandy Robertson

Ethel Mary Reddie’s fellow students at UCL included John Wing and Robin Skynner. At that time she does not seem to have considered a future in psychiatry, but she recalled having lectures in psychology from Sir Cyril Burt.

Mary’s early medical career was interrupted by marriage and domestic commitments, and she worked in a variety of settings including general practice and child health. Having moved to the West Midlands in1966 with her architect husband, Graham, who was engaged in planning Redditch new town, she took up a clinical assistant post at Rubery Hill Hospital, where her duties included the electroconvulsive therapy department; which prompted her, she later said, to consider whether there might be other approaches to mental disorder. Having worked in several units in the Birmingham area—including the Midland Nerve Hospital, the John Connolly Hospital, …

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