Gordon Todd Dryden Barr

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 04 August 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:355

Former consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Glasgow (b Paisley 1922; q Glasgow 1945; FRCOG), died from ischaemic heart disease on 13 April 2005.

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After qualifying Gordon Barr joined the Royal Army Medical Corps, reaching the rank of major. In 1948 he began to specialise in obstetrics and gynaecology. As a consultant, he worked in many hospitals in Glasgow, including the Royal and Victoria infirmaries and the Royal Samaritan Hospital for Women. On 4 November 1964 Gordon became front page news after successfully giving a baby a blood transfusion before it was born. In 1978 he achieved what he saw as the high point of his career, when he was the senior clinician who commissioned the new Rutherglen Maternity Hospital. After retiring in 1984 Gordon devoted much time to working for Oxfam. He leaves two children and a granddaughter.

[Allison Bell, Hugh Bell]


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