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The impact of David Paintin's work
  1. Kate Margaret Paterson
  1. BMJ SRH, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Kate Margaret Paterson, BMJSRH, London, UK; bmjsrh{at}

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David Paintin, Hon FFSRH, MB ChB, FRCOG

Emeritus Reader in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of London, London, UK

18 December 1930 –30 March 2019

David Paintin believed that women should have equal status, rights and total control over their fertility. He spent his life working towards this end, committed to public service, and never practising privately . He was a remarkable obstetrician, gynaecologist and teacher with ideas ahead of his time.

David trained in Aberdeen where he was influenced by Professor Baird's work on the effects of social deprivation on maternal and child health, as well as the need for safe abortion. The Offences Against the Person Act of 1861 stated that abortions performed unlawfully …

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