Dr Edith Gilchrist

Personal Details

Dr Edith Gilchrist MB BS FFARCS DA 

Known as: Edith

22/09/1913 to 23/07/2013

Place of birth: West Ham, London

Nationality: British

CRN: 541509

Education and qualifications

General education

Woodford County High School for Girls where she was Captain of hockey and cricket and Head Girl in 1931.
1933-38 Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine.

Primary medical qualification(s)

MB, BS University of London 1938

Initial Fellowship and type

FFARCS by Election

Year of Fellowship


Other qualification(s)

DA 1942


Professional life and career

Postgraduate career

1938-39 Radium House Officer Surgery, Royal Cancer Hospital.
1939-41 Surgical House Officer, ENT Department, Royal Free Hospital.
1941-42 Surgical House Officer, Royal East Sussex Hospital, Hastings.
1942-43 Anaesthesia Registrar, Addenbrookes Hospital, Cambridge.
1943-45 Anaesthetic Registrar, Royal Free Hospital, Ardesley, Bedfordshire (EMS).
1945-53 Honorary Assistant Anaesthetist, Royal Free Hospital, London.
1953-56 Assistant Anaesthetist, Royal Free Hospital, London.
1956-78 Consultant Anaesthetist, Royal Free Hospital, London.

Professional interests and activities

1945 Awarded first Research Fellow grant by AAGBI to study obstetric analgesia and advantages and disadvantages of carbon dioxide absorption.

Other biographical information

Married Ian Donaldon an Obstetrian in 1945; one son David.
1971 Member of Harveian Society, Honorary Secretary 1984, first female President 1985/6.
Fellow of The Hunterian Society.
Member of The Osler Club.
Member of British Medical Association.
Member Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland.
Fellow of Medical Society of London.
Archivist to Royal Free Hospital.
Member of MCC.

Author and sources

Author: David Wilkinson

Sources and comments:

Donaldson D, Browne D. Obituary Edith Gilchrist on RCoA website.