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Biographical entry Bradley, Claudia Portia Burton (1909 - 1967)

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Born
28 November 1909
Richmond, New South Wales, Australia
Died
5 October 1967
Cremorne, New South Wales, Australia
Occupation
orthopaedist

Summary

Claudia Burton-Bradley was diagnosed with diabetes when she was 11 and was among one of the first diabetics in he world to receive insulin. She studied pharmacy and arts at the University of Sydney from 1928-1943. She was apprenticed to a pharmacist in King Street and qualified as a pharmacist in 1930. She worked at the Western Suburbs Hospital in 1933-1938. Burton-Bradley was a resident medical officer at the Royal North Shore Hospital in 1944 and appointed first medical director in 1945. She became honorary clinical assistant in physiotherapy at Royal North Shore Hospital in 1946 and honorary orthopaedic surgeon to the Rachel Forster Hospital. Her research focused on cerebral palsy in Australia and she published major articles that dealt with aspects of the disease in children, seeking to promote the potential of cerebral palsy sufferers to lead useful and independent lives. She formed the Australian Cerebral Palsy Association in 1952 and chaired its medical and educational committee.

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