Mantle Oral History Project
Speaker: Lee, Sheila Dr, 1921 - , Interviewee, Female, Doctor, General Practitioner; Emergency Medical service;
Speaker: Roberts, T., Interviewer, Female
Summary of interview item: Describes the circumstances after medical service during the Second World War, that led to her and her husband taking up medical practice in Coalville in 1946. Recalls the differences in dialect she experienced on coming to Coalville. Talks about being a woman doctor, women's preference for a woman doctor and contraception. Also describes the opposition by some people to contraception, the drop in unwanted pregnancies due to her work and the Antenatal Clinic she set up in Coalville. Talks about dividing her workload with her husband and the changes caused by the advent of the National Health Service (NHS) in 1948. Describes the diseases and illnesses specific to mining, mining injuries treated by both herself and her husband and their involvement in compensation claims. Recalls going underground at Whitwick pit and details the visit to the mine. Describes the mining community and the conditions miners experienced. Describes the local housing conditions and compares them with the pre Second World War conditions she witnessed in the Lothian coalfields of Scotland. Comments on changing living standards.
Place of birth: Edinburgh, Scotland
Education: Geo. Watson's Ladies College; University of Edinburgh;
Marital Status: Married, Children: Sons: 1 Daughters: 1
Mother's Occupation: Medical Graduate
Location: County: Leicestershire, Lothian
Location: Town/Place: Coalville, Edinburgh
Periods Covered: 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s
Recording Date: 24/10/1991
Playing time: 42 mins
Access Restrictions: Full clearance Item Copyright: EMOHA
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