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Biographical entry Price, David Cromwell (1903 - 1949)

MRCS 11 February 1926; FRCS 11 June 1936; MB BS London 1931; LRCP 1926.

19 March 1903
18 November 1949
Medical Officer


Born at West Norwood, London, on 19 March 1903, the second son of John Sidney Price, an official in the General Post Office, and his wife, née Wilson. He was educated at Purley County Secondary School and St Bartholomew's Hospital, where he was orthopaedic house surgeon. He qualified in 1926, and served as house surgeon, orthopaedic house surgeon, and casualty officer at the Royal Northern Hospital, London, and as orthopaedic resident at the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle-on-Tyne.

Price became a medical officer of the Ministry of Pensions, and served for a time in the Ministry's hospitals before being appointed to the administrative staff. He took the Fellowship in 1936, and was promoted to be a principal medical officer in 1939. He was chiefly occupied with supervising the provision of surgical appliances, other than artificial limbs, to pensioners, and gave much time and care to training his juniors up to his own high standard for this work. Price married in 1939 Miss Borthwick, who survived him but without children. They lived at 139 Wavertree Road, Streatham Hill, SW2. He died in St Bartholomew's Hospital, after only three weeks' illness from an obscure anaemia, on 18 November 1949, aged 46.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1949, 2, 1300, appreciation by T H S; information from his brother, S J Wilson Price].

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