Obituaries

Alan Graham ApleyVictor BowersScott BrownJohn Borland CadasDenis Lloyd Rees

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7085.981 (Published 29 March 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:981

Alan Graham Apley


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Born in London, Alan Apley was the youngest son of a Jewish immigrant from Poland who had served in the Tsarist army and returned to collect his wife. They lived first in Soho and then in Battersea, where at school Alan came top of all London in the equivalent of the 11 plus examination but was prevented from reaping the full rewards because of his background. This attitude coloured his attitude to religion for the rest of his life and he eventually abandoned the Jewish faith. After qualification he brushed shoulders with orthopaedics at Roehampton and then served in the Royal Army Medical Corps, being invalided home from Burma in 1947. Appointed consultant at the Rowley Bristow Orthopaedic Hospital he came under the influence of his early mentor George Perkins. He soon founded his famous orthopaedic course–which his showmanship and sense of timing made great fun and an exceptional experience. For three weekends twice a year over 100 trainees came to be tutored in orthopaedics, and it was their subsequent voting power that ensured him an overwhelming majority …

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