Claremont, Hetty Ethelberta

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Claremont, Hetty Ethelberta

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1892-1924

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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 Zurich, 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.

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