Dr Helen Scott Mason

Personal Details

Dr Helen Scott Mason MbChB FFARCS DA

07/1897 to 24/4/1981

Place of birth: Gloucester, England

Nationality: British

CRN: 715472

Previous/other family name: Maiden name Fox; married 1928; Helen Sophie before marrying

Education and qualifications

General education

Sidcot School, Somerset; Birmingham University Medical School: Gold Medallist in Medicine; played hockey for the University

Primary medical qualification(s)

MBChB, Birmingham, 1921

Initial Fellowship and type

FFARCS by Election

Year of Fellowship


Other qualification(s)


Professional life and career

Postgraduate career

After qualifying was house surgeon, ENT house surgeon and resident anaesthetist at Birmingham General Hospital before becoming assistant visiting anaesthetist there as well as honorary anaesthetist, Royal Cripples (later Orthopaedic) Hospital and honorary visiting anaesthetist, Children’s Hospital. After WW2 she worked only at the Orthopaedic Hospital, and retired in 1964.

Professional interests and activities

Awarded DA(RCP&S) without examination in 1935. Said to excel at all of the clinical requirements of the time: give a safe anaesthetic, entertain the theatre staff with witty conversation, and control the surgeon’s temper! 

Other biographical information

Also played hockey for Warwickshire. Married a surgeon (Robert Scott Mason) with whom she had three children. A keen equestrian, riding with the Worcestershire Hunt, she became skilled at pen & ink drawing in retirement.

Author and Sources

Author: Dr Robert Palmer

Sources and any other comments: Obituary. BMJ 1981; 282: 1804 | Her husband’s entry in Plaar’s Lives has more family details (livesonline.rcseng.ac.uk | Medical Directory