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Biographical entry Price, Bernard Henry (1913 - 1989)

MBE(Mil); MRCS 1940; FRCS 1947; BA MB BCh Cambridge 1938; MA 1939; FRCS Ed 1948.

27 January 1913
Kingston, Jamaica
7 December 1989
General surgeon and Urological surgeon


Bernard Price was born in Kingston, Jamaica, on 27 January 1913, and studied medicine at Cambridge University and King's College Hospital, where he qualified in 1938. During the second world war he served in the RAMC and was awarded the MBE. On demobilisation he resumed his surgical training at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, and from there he was appointed consultant surgeon to Selly Oak Hospital with a special interest in urology. He was a good teacher and after the establishment of the postgraduate centre at Selly Oak Hospital he became the first clinical tutor.

Bernard Price was a warm hearted and popular surgeon with a fine sense of humour. He also had a keen interest in cinephotography and he won the BMA gold award for his 16mm film The technique of prostatectomy. After retirement he continued to do locum work for several years, and worked with the DHSS in Birmingham. Among his many hobbies were caravanning all over Europe, and photography. He had just completed his portfolio for Fellowship of the Royal Photographic Society when, on the day before his entries were due to be submitted, he suffered a cerebral haemorrhage.

He died on 7 December 1989 at the age of 76 and was survived by his second wife, Sue.

Sources used to compile this entry: [Brit med J 1990, 300, 1072 with portrait].

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