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Title:
Octavia Wilberforce : the autobiography of a pioneer woman doctor
Author:
Wilberforce, Octavia, 1888-1963.
Publication Information:
London : Cassell ; Lane Cove, NSW : Distributed in Australia by Capricorn Link, 1989.
Physical Description:
xxvi, 196 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 25 cm
General Note:
Includes index.
Language:
English
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ISBN:
9780304322305
Format :
Book

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Central Library R489.W55 A3 1989 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
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Jalland halved a 390-page typescript to produce this moving account of a courageous woman. Octavia was a granddaughter of the Bishop Wilberforce who engaged T. H. Huxley in a famous debate on Darwin's theory of evolution and a great-granddaughter of the great ~abolitionist William Wilberforce. Her character benefited from both progenitors' examples. Although her parents vigorously opposed her medical career, Octavia achieved both that goal and independence. In the process, she acquired a mature and perceptive understanding of patients that supported and encouraged many celebrated persons, among them, Virginia Woolf during the last year of her life. Octavia's heartening autobiography should appeal to readers interested in her famous clients as well as in her remarkable career. Index. --William Beatty


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