David Lewis CrosbyBMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b2750 (Published 06 July 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b2750
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David Lewis Crosby performed the first renal transplant operation in Wales and established the principle of high dependency units in acute medical care.
He was born, bred, educated, and spent most of his professional life in Cardiff. After house jobs in Cardiff, he did his national service with the British Army on the Rhine as medical officer to the 77th Heavy Anti-Aircraft Regiment. David made the most of this time, enjoying the many varied experiences of army medical life and learning German to a standard that often surprised both German patients and visiting medical students.
He was casualty officer in Cardiff Royal Infirmary and registrar in general surgery in Swansea but realised that to improve his opportunities he needed research experience. He applied successfully for a post in the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston, …