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Biographical entry Ward, Bernard Joseph (1879 - 1950)

MRCS 31 July 1902; FRCS 1 June 1905; LRCP 1902.

19 March 1879
30 July 1950
General surgeon


Born on 19 March 1879 at Ash Mount, Sparbrook, Birmingham, the first child of Joseph Ward, MRCS 1872, and his wife Annie Maria Blake. He was educated at Warwick, at the Birmingham Medical School, and at the London Hospital. He qualified in 1902 and, after serving as senior resident surgical officer at St Peter's Hospital for Stone and at the St Marylebone Infirmary, he went back to Birmingham as pathologist to the Queen's Hospital. He was elected assistant surgeon to the Hospital in 1907 and surgeon in 1917, and became consulting surgeon on his retirement some years after the amalgamation of the Queen's and General Hospitals to form the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. He was also consulting surgeon to the Children's Hospital, and to the City Police. During the war of 1914-18 he served in the RAMC with the rank of captain, gazetted 11 August 1914.

Ward was lecturer and examiner in clinical surgery at Birmingham University, but his chief interest was in urology, in which he achieved a European reputation. He was an active member of the Association internationale d'Urologie, vice-president of the British Association of Urological Surgeons, to which he presented the Ward medal to be awarded for outstanding work in the specialty, and president of the section of urology at the Royal Society of Medicine, 1936-37.

Ward married in 1915 Olga Gwendolyn Bates, who survived him with two sons and a daughter. He had practised at 9 Newhall Street, Birmingham, living at 14 Church Road, Edgbaston. Latterly he lived at The Manor House, Shelsley Beauchamp, Worcester, where he was able to enjoy hunting and trout-fishing. There he died on 30 July 1950, aged 71. Ward was of forceful character and ability, and disguised his great kindness under a brusque manner. Many anecdotes were current among his numerous friends concerning "Beeje's" secret generosity.

Remote results of prostatectomy. Mem Bull Assoc intern Urol 1911.
The radiological diagnosis of renal lesions, exclusive of stone. Proc Roy Soc Med 1935, 28, 1195.
Total cystectomy, with transplantation of the ureters into the pelvic colon, for malignant growth of urinary bladder. Proc Roy Soc Med 1936, 30, 137.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Lancet, 1950, 2, 367; Brit med J 1950, 2, 463, with eulogy by L T Colebrook, FRCS; information from Mrs Ward].

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