Lance Lee Bromley

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 31 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4326
  1. Rex Stanbridge

Lance Lee Bromley was an early pioneering cardiothoracic surgeon, who developed the specialty single handed at his own hospital and was always a modest and gentle man.

Educated at St Pauls School, he gained acceptance into Caius College, Cambridge, in 1938 and St Mary’s Hospital Medical School. During the war, his medical class was evacuated to Harefield Hospital, a tuberculosis sanatorium, and lived in the “mansion” under the tuition of Professor (later Sir) George Pickering and David Levi.

As a lieutenant in the Royal Army Medical Corps, Lance served in India at the 40th West African general hospital, where he came across a wide spectrum of tropical diseases. He returned to London and took on an ex services registrar appointment at St Mary’s with Arthur Porritt (later Lord Porritt) and Arthur Dickson Wright. He started his thoracic surgery training in 1949 at the Brompton under Clement Price Thomas, Bill Cleland, and Norman Barratt and went on to the Hammersmith Hospital, where Dennis Melrose was developing a heart-lung …

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