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John William Ballantyne

Born 1861
Died 1923

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British gynaecologist, born 1861, Eskbank, Midlothian; died January 23, 1923, Edinburgh.

Biography of John William Ballantyne

John William Ballantyne attended the University of Edinburgh, turning his attention to gynaecology and obstetrics whilst still a student. He was conferred doctor of medicine in 1889, and, following five years as assistant at the University, became assistant professor at the Extramural School, in 1916 assistant professor for the female students of the university. He was appointed assistant physician at the Maternity Hospital in 1900, working there from 1904 to 1919 as full physician. His work particularly concerns diseases during pregnancy and the damages they cause to the foetus, and he was a pioneer in organizing pregnancy care.

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