Obituaries

Herbert Erik Reiss

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.330.7494.794 (Published 31 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:794

A pioneer of amniocentesis and laparoscopic wedge resection

Not only did Herbert Reiss transform a somewhat rundown obstetric department into a first class unit renowned for its teaching of midwives, medical students, and postgraduates, but he also made substantial contributions to the treatment of cervical incompetence and helped in pioneering amniocentesis and laparoscopic ovarian wedge resection.


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Of Danish and German Jewish origin, the Reiss family came to England in 1934. Herbert attended Bradford Grammar School and, having been told by a teacher that he would never speak English properly, proceeded, …

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