Dr Muriel "Molly" Newhouse (1912-2000), FRCP, FFOM: Memoir of service in the RAMC during World War Two

1945, 2000
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60pp typescript memoir by Dr Muriel "Molly" Newhouse of her service during World War II in the RAMC, where she rose to rank of Lt Col. Initially she was posted to various camps and hospitals around the UK, but in 1944 following D-Day she went to Normandy, and after a brief return to Wales was posted to India.

This is a vivid and amusing account, "written Summer 1945", of life in the RAMC for a woman officer during wartime, although it ends rather abruptly with a vignette of the Officers' Mess in Singapore. She notes her thwarted hopes of undertaking research and the military emphasis on the correct completion of large amounts of paperwork. The memoir is illuminating about the relationships between women in the RAMC and other women in the services (ATS, nurses, etc) and attitudes towards women as doctors in the military context.

.With text of (her niece by marriage) Heather Joshi's eulogy of her at her funeral, 2000, provided for biographical information.


1945, 2000

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Biographical note

Muriel "Molly" Newhouse is primarily remembered for her work in occupational medicine at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. In particular she established the connection between asbestos and mesothelioma. Her main interests lay in academic clinicl medicine but during the Second World War she was called up to the RAMC. Details of her life and career can be found in her entry in Munk's Roll of Fellows of the Royal College of Physicians, and an obituary appeared in the British Medical Journal.

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In Wellcome: Molly Newhouse was active in the Medical Women's Federation, and a copy of a paper she joint authored on the working capacity of women doctors can be found in that collection, SA/MWF, and this report was also submitted to the Royal Commission on Medical Education 1966-1968, SA/CME.

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