David Bartlett Bower

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 07 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1227
  1. Beresford Crook,
  2. Maureen Sands,
  3. J Richard Smith

    David studied medicine at Trinity College, Cambridge, and St Bartholomew's Hospital, London. During his medical training he also qualified as a barrister but soon decided that his future lay in the field of medicine, and surgery in particular. After obtaining his FRCS he developed an interest in obstetrics and gynaecology and after further training at various hospitals in the United Kingdom worked for a period in Toronto. Here and in London he pioneered new techniques for vaginal hysterectomy.

    David was unpretentious and pragmatic. His combination of compassion and surgical skill made him ideally suited to caring for women with reproductive health problems. His moral conviction allowed him to intervene when others were more hesitant. His skills in vaginal surgery were legendary, and these were passed on to future generations until he finally retired at the age of 68.

    Outside of his profession, he was a keen sailor. He loved music and was learning to play the organ until the end of his life. His latest motorbike was a Honda Goldwing, and with his beard and dressed in leathers his appearance was sometimes misinterpreted when he dropped in at country inns for a pint. David was a born Londoner and a true gentleman.

    He leaves a wife and three children and his partner for much of his life, Maureen.


    • Former consultant in obstetrics and gynaecology St Stephen's (later Chelsea and Westminster) Hospital (b 1 July 1929; q Cambridge/St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, 1953; FRCS), died from renal carcinoma on 18 March 2007 at the age of 77.

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