Renowned British military surgeon James Barry was a pioneer in his field and enjoyed a celebrated and highly-accomplished career for over 50 years. After his death in 1865, it was discovered that he was actually a woman named Margaret Ann Bulkley. Source
WOMEN IN HIDING: James Barry was a woman disguised as man in order to study medicine. Admitted to Edinburgh University in 1809. After graduation, was assigned to various British colonies and noted for "his" care & struggle to improve the standard of life of patients. Died in 1865, after 46 years working as an army medical officer. Was then when her real identity, MARGARET ANN BULKLEY, was discovered. Among her many achievements she was the first British surgeon to perform a successful…
The Secret Life of Dr James Barry
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James Barry, 'Satan, Sin and Death' The British Museum, London; Date: c. 1792-1795 Satan standing with raised spear and sword, back to the viewer, confronting Death, a skeleton in a dark cloak to left, and Sin, a woman with naked breasts, a key around her waist and baying hounds issuing from her womb, crying out and separating the two, her father and their son; illustrating Paradise Lost; state after heavy hatching in lower left, and Death's skull completely cross-hatched.
In order to be a surgeon, Margaret Bulkley, (died 1865) had to pretend to be a man, Dr. James Barry. Commissioned as a Hospital Assistant with the British Army on July 6, 1813, she served her country for 50 years. Her true identity was discovered when preparing her body for burial.