Family, Retirement and Travel

  • Adrian Thomas
  • Francis Duck
Part of the Springer Biographies book series (SPRINGERBIOGS)


Following retirement Edith and Florence were occupied by travel and family matters. Unfortunately both sisters had episodes of illness or injury. More distant trips were made to South Africa and to India to look at both the medical and social conditions of women. Florence was interested in the therapeutic value of sunlight and in the pelvic deformities that resulted from bone disease caused by its absence. Following her retirement, Edith renewed her concern with promoting the rights of women, particularly in the workplace and in education. Following Florence’s death she was widely mourned.


Heliotherapy Osteomalacia Ultraviolet light Sydney Watson Smith Marie Curie Hospital 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Adrian Thomas
    • 1
  • Francis Duck
    • 2
  1. 1.Faculty of Health and Wellbeing, School of Allied and Public Health ProfessionsCanterbury Christ Church UniversityCanterburyUK
  2. 2.Formerly University of BathBathUK

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