Obituaries

Joan ChoulerErnest Reginald (“Fritz”) FrizelleBrian McKinneyJoerg SchillerJean Shackleton

BMJ 1998; 316 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.316.7126.235 (Published 17 January 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;316:235

Joan Chouler

Former consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Johannesburg Hospital (b West Rand 1920 to a father who was a doctor; q Witwatersrand 1942; FRCOG), d 11 October 1997. In one of her house jobs she assisted at the first two pneumonectomies performed in South Africa, and then trained in obstetrics, including a year in Aberdeen as a registrar. She was one of the first women gynaecologists in South Africa, and the first doctor to use penicillin in the country, persuading the Medical Research Institute to give her a little to save a patient's life. Widowed twice, she leaves two sons and a daughter and four grandchildren. [Mary Martienssen, Cecily Freed]

Ernest Reginald (“Fritz”) Frizelle


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Consultant surgeon Leicester Royal Infirmary 1945-65 (b Holywood, Co Down 1900; q Belfast 1922; MChir, FRCS), d 29 August 1997. As a boy he had an appendicectomy on the kitchen table. He entered medical school …

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