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Biographical entry Patrick, Conrad Vincent (1898 - 1961)

MRCS 11 May 1922; FRCS 12 June 1924; LRCP 1922; BA Cambridge 1919; MB BCh 1923.

27 March 1898
7 July 1961
General surgeon


Born on 27 March 1898 elder son of James Williamson Patrick MD of Leicester and his wife Annie Margaret, daughter of Sir William Vincent, twice Mayor of Leicester, he was educated at Rugby and Caius College, Cambridge, and was commissioned as a surgeon probationer in the RNVR during the first world war, serving in mine-sweepers in the North Sea. He completed his course at Cambridge after the war and went on to St Thomas's Hospital with the University scholarship. He had a successful student career, winning the Cheselden, Solly and Clutton medals and the Hadden prize, followed by resident posts at St Thomas's culminating in that of resident assistant surgeon, before being appointed surgical registrar at the Royal Hospital, Wolverhampton in 1928.

He made his career at this Hospital, becoming ultimately senior surgeon, and was also a lecturer in clinical surgery at the University of Birmingham. He was President of the Staffordshire branch of the British Medical Association 1941-43, and afterwards Chairman of the Regional Advisory Committee on Surgery. He remained a general surgeon, with a special interest in urology, and was particularly concerned with the problems of care of the patient. He was a purposeful, efficient worker and a good teacher.

Patrick was a hospitable man of many interests, which ranged from car-racing and golf to gardening and bee-keeping, and he was well-read. He married in 1931 Eileen Rose Maud only child of T C W Abernethy of Wombourne near Wolverhampton. He died at his home 55 Waterloo Road, Wolverhampton on 7 July 1961 aged 63, survived by his wife. A fund was raised in his memory for the benefit of the Royal Hospital, and Mrs Patrick also gave generous donations to the College funds. She died on 7 September 1963.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1961, 2, 181 and Lancet 1961 2, 162, both with appreciation by H B Young; information from Mrs Patrick].

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