DISEASES OF THE LIVER AND BILIARY SYSTEM SHEILA SHERLOCK PDF

Share via Email A young hepatologist once asked the medical pioneer Dame Sheila Sherlock, who has died aged 83, why she had chosen to work on liver disease. Her influence extended to colleagues in surgery, radiology and pathology, and many of them became liver specialists in their own fields. Sherlock was also active nationally and internationally: in the Royal College of Physicians, as president of the British Society of Gastroenterology, as editor of Gut and the Journal of Hepatology, and as a founder - and later president - of the British Liver Trust, a national charity supporting liver research and patients with liver disease. Born in Dublin and brought up in Folkestone, Sherlock attended Folkestone county school for girls. In prewar Britain, female applicants to medical schools were at a great disadvantage, and she was rejected by several colleges before gaining a place at Edinburgh University in Her outstanding abilities soon became obvious, however, and she graduated in , only the second womanto be awarded the Ettles scholarship for finishing top of her year.

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Her family moved from Ireland to London soon after her birth and she attended private schools in the city until her family moved in to the village of Sandgate , Kent. In the early part of the twentieth century female applicants to medical schools were at a great disadvantage, and from to Sherlock attempted to enter several English medical schools but was rejected.

In she was accepted for a place to study medicine at University of Edinburgh. She was awarded the Ettles Scholarship, being only the second woman to have done so.

In , aged 33, she was elected as a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians , making her, at the time, the youngest woman to receive this qualification. Despite its location, the department attracted trainees from around the world, and many current leaders in the field of hepatology spent time there.

Research in several different areas of liver disease was undertaken: including; bilirubin metabolism, haemochromatosis , cholestasis , drug-induced liver disease , albumin synthesis, portal hypertension and ascites, autoimmune liver disease and its treatment with corticosteroids , and the use of liver biopsy in the diagnosis of liver disease were all studied.

In the department moved to the new hospital in Hampstead, where it was situated close to the clinical wards, on the 10th floor. Research continued there, with viral hepatitis, liver transplantation and endoscopic treatment of varices all becoming important areas of study. She retired from the Chair of Medicine in , but continued to see patients, conduct research, and write.

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Her family moved from Ireland to London soon after her birth and she attended private schools in the city until her family moved in to the village of Sandgate , Kent. In the early part of the twentieth century female applicants to medical schools were at a great disadvantage, and from to Sherlock attempted to enter several English medical schools but was rejected. In she was accepted for a place to study medicine at University of Edinburgh. She was awarded the Ettles Scholarship, being only the second woman to have done so.

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