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Biographical entry Hall, Edith May (1896 - 1957)

MRCS 13 May 1920; FRCS 11 June 1931; MB BS London 1920; MD 1922; FRCOG 1940.

9 May 1896
Westbury, Wiltshire
26 December 1957


Born at Westbury, Wilts 9 May 1896. In 1914 she entered the London (Royal Free Hospital) School of Medicine for Women, graduating with honours in surgery. She proceeded to the MD degree, winning the university medal in midwifery and gynaecology. She held junior house appointments at the Royal Free Hospital, and was then junior and senior resident medical officer at Queen Charlotte's Hospital. She returned to the Royal Free to join the obstetric and gynaecological unit there, eventually becoming senior assistant.

Miss Hall was consultant obstetrician to the Mother's Hospital, Clapton from 1923 to 1949, and chairman of the medical committee. One of the original members of the staff of the Marie Curie Hospital, she held her appointment there until the time of her death. At the London Homoeopathic Hospital, in 1926, she was the first woman to be elected to the staff. In 1935 she joined the staff of the South London Hospital for Women and Children and was later consultant obstetrician to the hospital. During the war of 1939-45 she served in the Emergency Medical Service as a surgeon and was responsible for the treatment of air-raid casualties. Owing to failing health she resigned her appointments at the South London Hospital in 1956. She died at her home 16 Pilgrims Lane NW3, on 26 December 1957, aged 61, after a long illness during which she received devoted care from her sister Dr Marjorie Hall MRCS. She practised at first at 142 Harley Street and then at 31 Devonshire Place, and was admired for her kindness, efficiency, and wisdom.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1958, 1, 107 with appreciation by D McN; Lancet 1958, 1, 111 with tribute by OR and on page 168 by HMMM].

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