Dr Mary Lowth

Dr Mary Lowth

MA (Cantab), MB, BChir, DFFP, DRCOG, PG Cert, Med Ed, FRCGP, MA (London)

Dr Mary Lowth was a Suffolk GP for 20 years, specialising in paediatrics and child protection. 

Subsequently assesing patients who have experienced sexual violence and torture.

A medical writer and journalist since 1992, she has written for numerous publications and websites, including Patient.info (since 2012) and Private Eye.

She qualified in Cambridge in 1988 and, after specialising in obstetrics and gynaecology, moved to general practice, eventually becoming a GP trainer and appraiser, and a GP Vocational Training Programme Director. She was also an MRCGP Examiner and Clinical Casewriter for ten years, and the Royal College of GPs' International Development Advisor for MRCGP(International) in Brunei for five years.

As a professional writer for many years, Mary has written for healthcare professionals and for patients, has edited and written medical textbooks and writes in the National Press. She has penned four novels as Mary Selby and two as Joanna Bell - most recently ‘Entertaining Angels’.

Mary completed an MA in Medical Law and Ethics, and is a clinical ethics committee member at a paediatric hospital. She is currently working on a PhD on Human Rights in Transplantation at King's College, London.

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Coronavirus: what are moderate, severe and critical COVID-19?

Coronavirus: what are moderate, severe and critical COVID-19? Feature

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Coronavirus: what are asymptomatic and mild COVID-19?

Coronavirus: what are asymptomatic and mild COVID-19? Feature

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