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Biographical entry Jebens, Erna Henrietta (1890 - 1964)

MRCS 28 July 1921; FRCS 10 June 1926; LRCP 1921; MB BS London 1922.

14 August 1890
6 January 1964
Orthopaedic surgeon


Born on 14 August 1890, she was educated privately. She drove an ambulance during the early years of the 1914-18 war, and entered the London School of Medicine for Women in 1916, moving to St Mary's Hospital for her clinical studies, and qualified with the Conjoint diploma in 1921. After holding house appointments at St Mary's and elsewhere she took the FRCS in 1926. A year later she joined the anatomy department of the Royal Free Hospital Medical School, at first as demonstrator and later as part-time lecturer until she resigned in 1954.

Her main clinical appointment was as orthopaedic surgeon to the Battersea General Hospital, where she founded the orthopaedic clinic in the 1930s, until her retirement under the age limit in 1955.

During the second world war she was assistant surgeon to the Royal Free Hospital, and later to the East Ham General Hospital in the Emergency Medical Service.

Miss Jebens was much interested in the theatre, literature, and foreign travel. After her retirement she published the research on the viscosity and pH of synovial fluid, which she had carried out with Mrs Monk Jones, MSc.

She practised at 56 Wimpole Street, and died on 6 January 1964 aged 73.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet 1964; 1, 178 with appreciation by GMS; Brit med J 1964, 1, 247].

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