She started to train in medicine in the early 1870s, being placed first in the Apothecaries" Hall preliminary examinations in 1874. In 1877 the Senate of the University of London voted that she should be permitted to take the university medical examinations, but the permission was retracted in response to protests by over 200 male medical graduates. In 1879 she was one of the first four women to sit the exams of the newly accepted London School of Medicine for Women at the Royal Free Hospital, passing, as the others did, in the first division
Prior to her graduation with the degree of Bachelor of Medicine in 1882 she was demonstrator in anatomy at the London School of Medicine for Women.
She carried out joint research on the diabetic pancreas with the French physician Charles Remy, published in 1882.
In 1883 she became medical officer to the female staff of the Post Office, having been appointed by the Postmaster General, Henry Fawcett, as supporter of the women"s movement. She died on 16 November 1929, aged 82 years.