Marcus Aurelius (“Aurel”) StefanBMJ 2003; 326 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.326.7396.987/h (Published 03 May 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:987
Former general practitioner Gateshead-on-Tyne (b 1911; q Prague, 1938), d 4 January 2003.
In 1939 Aurel escaped initially on skis over the Carpathian Mountains, then through Hungary and Yugoslavia to Beirut, and finally to France, where he joined the Czech Brigade of the Free Forces. Following the fall of France he came to Britain and served with a Czech squadron. In 1944 he was assigned to the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, where he worked as a surgeon treating badly burned airmen. Repatriated to his homeland in 1946 he worked in the plastic surgery unit in Prague. When work under the communist regime proved intolerable, he returned to Britain in 1947, acquiring British citizenship in 1951. From 1947 until retirement in 1976 he worked in general practice. He leaves a wife, Ellen, and five children.