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Forgotten But Not Lost. How a great medical pioneer, once lost from the collective public memory, was rediscovered

4th July @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm


This talk will explore the great story of a remarkable woman.

Janet Vaughan lived from 1899 to 1993. One of the few women to qualify as a doctor in 1925, within 10 years she published a classic book on the anaemias and was teaching in the British Postgraduate Medical School at Hammersmith. She was seventh female fellow of the Royal College of Physicians from 1939, and first female Councillor from 1943.Vaughan campaigned to improve the nutrition of the poor, and from 1936 worked for Spanish Medical Aid to relieve suffering during the Spanish Civil War. During World War Two she helped run the blood transfusion service and plan the reform of medical education, and served on the 1944 Royal Commission on Equal Pay.

Principal of Somerville College Oxford from 1945, she became a Dame in 1957. Research continued: she was soon a world authority on the effects of plutonium on bone, then Fellow of the Royal Society. But by 1993 she had slipped from public memory. Her biographer will explore the reasons for this, and how it proved possible to research and write the story of her action-packed life in in Bloomsbury, Belsen, Oxford: Janet Vaughan – Medical Pioneer.



4th July
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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Chester Town Hall
Northgate Street
Chester, CH1 2HJ
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