Listening to the Ga: Cicely Williams' discovery of kwashiorkor on the Gold Coast.

  title={Listening to the Ga: Cicely Williams' discovery of kwashiorkor on the Gold Coast.},
  author={Jennifer Stanton},
  journal={Clio medica},
  • J. Stanton
  • Published 2001
  • Medicine, History
  • Clio medica
Cicely Williams’ career illustrates several themes which are relevant to ‘women in modern medicine’. As a woman doctor, qualified at the end of the First World War, when male doctors were returning from the front, she faced impossible odds in securing a job in England, so worked overseas and trained in tropical medicine. In 1929 she entered the Colonial Medical Service in a post specifically earmarked for women: a Woman Medical Officer concerned with maternal and child health, in what was then… 

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