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Biographical entry Pridie, Kenneth Hampden (1906 - 1963)

MRCS 9 May 1929; FRCS 9 April 1931; MB BS London 1929; LRCP 1929.

8 March 1906
4 May 1963
Orthopaedic surgeon


Born on 8 March 1906 in Bristol, where he spent practically the whole of his life, he was educated, and received his medical training. After qualifying in 1929 with the degrees of London University he left Bristol for a period of postgraduate training in Liverpool and Oxford, but, having been admitted a Fellow in 1931, he returned to, Bristol and was appointed as the first surgeon to deal solely with orthopaedics and bone and joint surgery at the Bristol Royal Infirmary. He also held appointments at the Southern Hospital and Frenchay Hospital and with the Bristol City Council. During the war of 1939-45 he was responsible for the great expansion of Winford Orthopaedic Hospital, and he established outlying clinics in Bridgwater, Burnham and Tetbury.

A great individualist with an original mind and fertile imagination, he initiated a number of lines of treatment sometimes at variance with standard practice. In 1955 he successfully contested a claim for fees and costs against a dancing teacher, who alleged that he had forced her to walk on a broken ankle.

A big, powerful man and a notable Rugby player, he played for Bristol for many years. He also boxed for Bristol University. His outstanding athletic attainments were in the field of weight putting, discus throwing and throwing the hammer. He represented Great Britain at the Empire Games in 1934 and was chosen for the Olympic Games in 1932. For many years he held the British record for the discus.

He married Dr Joanna Egerton who survived him with seven children. He died suddenly, aged 57, while lecturing to an orthopaedic society on 4 May 1963.

Sources used to compile this entry: [The Times 7 May 1963 no memoir, and 9 July 1963 p 12 e Will; Brit med J 1963, 1, 1349 and p 1551 by BI].

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