Jean Marian Purdy remembered – the hidden life of an IVF pioneer

@article{Gosden2018JeanMP,
  title={Jean Marian Purdy remembered – the hidden life of an IVF pioneer},
  author={Roger G. Gosden},
  journal={Human Fertility},
  year={2018},
  volume={21},
  pages={86 - 89}
}
  • R. Gosden
  • Published 2018
  • Sociology, Medicine
  • Human Fertility
Abstract Jean Purdy is almost forgotten as one of the British trio that introduced clinical IVF to the world. An unlikely pioneer, she qualified as a nurse but through indefatigable effort and unstinting loyalty to a programme that faced vitriolic opposition she became the clinical embryologist for the first IVF baby. In 1980, she helped to launch fertility services as the ‘Technical Director’ of Bourn Hall Clinic, near Cambridge. Although Robert Edwards and Patrick Steptoe generously credited… Expand
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