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Keess, Ivy (?1885-?1953)

Keess, Ivy (?1885-?1953), medical missionary
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Degree certificates, testimonials, photographs, c.1909-c.1937.



Physical description

2 large folders

Acquisition note

This collection was received from Dr Keess's sister's goddaughter in 1984, via the Librarian of the Wellcome Institute.

Biographical note

Ivy Keess was a woman medical missionary practising in India. She gained her first degree in medicine at Grant Medical College, Bombay, in 1909, and then went to the London Medical School for Women, qualifying MRCS, LRCP, in 1916. She subsequently returned to India and served at the Lady Sandeman Zenana Hospital, Quetta, Baluchistan (now in Pakistan), and at the Dufferin Hospitals in Cawnpore and Allahabad. She seems to have spent most if not all of her career in the north of India. According to the Ecclesiastical Returns in the India Office Records, an Ivy Keess said to be born on 27th November 1885 was baptised in St Thomas's Cathedral, Bombay. As her initial medical education took place at Grant Medical College in that city, it seems likely that it is the same person. Her name disappears from the Medical Directory and the Medical Register in 1953, but no obituary notices have been traced.

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