Educated at King Alfred School, Hampstead, an unusual establishment for its time in that it advocated co-education, without distinction between boys and girls; her mother was involved in running it. Her grandfather
and several other relatives were members of the medical profession.
Student at the London Royal Free Hospital, School of Medicine for Women and St George's Hospital; awarded John Hunter gold medal. Conjoint diploma of the Royal Colleges 1916; MB, B.S.Lond. 1917. LRCP 1916, MRCS
1916; fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1920, aged 27. Master of Surgery of the University of London.
She was one of the first four women admitted to St George�s medical school (the other three were Elizabeth O�Flynn, Mariam Bostock and Helen Ingleby). House surgeon, house physician, resident
anaesthetist and surgical registrar at St George's Hospital; casualty officer and assistant in the venereal disease department.
Voluntary resident surgeon to the university clinic in Z�rich, Switzerland; visited clinics at Vienna, Budapest, Frankfurt and Madrid during the year. On her return to England, appointed surgeon to the Bermondsey Medical Mission, surgical registrar to the London Temperance Hospital, clinical assistant at the out-patient department of the South London Hospital for Women, clinical assistant to the Women's Lock Hospital. Private practice in London.
Died 27 Mar 1924 of bronchopneumonia following typhoid fever, despite efforts to find a suitable blood donor on time, broadcast through the London wireless station.
On becoming a medical student at the former institution "her extremely youthful appearance" evoked comment, but her independence of thought, concentration, and great perseverance soon gained the respect of all who could appreciate a character set on achievement and inspired by the tradition of her family. Sir Humphry Rolleston, writing of her work at the Hospital Museum, says that he came to respect "her high ideals and practical efficiency", and both he and Mrs Scharlieb bore witness to the keenness of her intellect and her personal charm.