Reproduction of Doctor of Laws Degree awarded to Kate Campbell (1899-1986)

The University of Melbourne
Awarded by the University of Melbourne on 17 December 1966.

Dame Kate Campbell, DBE (1899-1986) was a physician and paediatrician and an eminent alumna of the University of Melbourne. After residencies at the Melbourne Hospital, Children's Hospital and (Royal) Women's Hospital, Campbell established a general practice and in 1929 began teaching neonatal paediatrics at the University of Melbourne - the first such appointment in Australia. A pioneer of neonatal intensive care, Campbell's most outstanding contribution in research was in 1951 when she established that excess therapeutic oxygen lay behind acquired retrolental fibroplasia, a condition that could lead to blindness among premature babies. Appointed OBE in 1954, she was elevated to DBE in 1971 for services to the welfare of Australian children.
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paper, ink
25.9 x 18.0 cm
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Gift of Miss Winifred Crick, 1987
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Medical History Museum Category


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