Dame Josephine Barnes became a Member of the RCOG in 1941 and was elevated to the Fellowship in 1952, followed by Honorary Fellowship in 1994. Dame Josephine was involved in many government committees, in particular relating to reproductive health and abortion, and the Archive records show her commitment to the work which she undertook.
Read Dame Josephine’s letters close-up here.
In the letter of 1972, she writes from hospital after suffering from pneumonia, eager to get back to the work of the Sub-committee on Analgesia, which was discussing the use and administration of anaesthetics in midwifery. In 1977 she was the first woman to be asked to deliver the J Y Simpson Oration, and in the record here she takes an interesting look back at medical developments in the mid-nineteenth century.
[Archive Reference: RCOG/C6/5 and RCOG/E10/12/3]