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Biographical entry Partridge, Eleanor Joyce (1893 - 1956)

MRCS 14 June 1917; FRCS 8 December 1921; LRCP 1917.

7 November 1893
11 May 1956
General surgeon and Psychiatrist


Born in Devonshire on 7 November 1893, she was educated at the London School of Medicine for Women, where she served as demonstrator and junior lecturer in anatomy. After qualifying in 1917 she was house surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital and the Elizabeth Garrett Anderson Hospital. Subsequently she was clinical assistant at both those hospitals and at the West London Hospital. For fifteen years her interests lay in surgery and anatomical research, but she then turned to psychiatry. After being a clinical assistant at the Institute of Medical Psychology (The Tavistock Clinic), she was appointed psychiatrist there. She was a member of the British Psychological Society and the Society of Analytical Psychologists. At that time she lived at 2 Eaton Terrace, London, but shortly before the war of 1939-45 she returned to Devonshire.

She had consulting rooms at 3 Barnfield Crescent, Exeter, and was for a time medical director of the Lympstone Grange Nursing Home, and visiting psychiatrist to the Withymead Centre, Exeter. After her marriage to Edward Wenham, formerly of Los Angeles, California, they lived at Thorp Lympstone, near Exeter.

She died suddenly on 11 May 1956 aged 62, the day after arriving in Switzerland to recoup from a long illness. She was survived by her husband and daughter.

The relations of the glosso-pharyngeal nerve at its exit from the cranial cavity. J Anat 1918, 52, 332.
Joints, the limitations of their range of movement, and an explanation of certain surgical conditions. J Anat 1924, 58, 346.
Baby's point of view, the psychology of early babyhood. 1937.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1956, 1, 1244 with appreciation by H S Gaussen, and p 1306 tribute by Dr E A Nettell; Lancet 1956, 1, 918].

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