Tuesday, 11 March 2008

A woman doctor? Well I never!

The New Scientist is carrying a story suggesting that new evidence has come to light to suggest that Dr James Barry was a woman - this time actually putting a name to her, suggesting that she was the niece of the Irish artist James Barry. That would make Margaret Ann Bulkley the first medically qualified woman from these islands as well as the first surgeon from this part of the world to perform a Caesarean section.

It's a fantastic tale, read the New Scientist story here and the more in-depth stuff here.

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