Paul Harald Osterberg

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 21 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4851

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Born in Copenhagen, Paul Harald Osterberg spent his early years in New York, son of a Danish civil engineer and diplomat and a mother (née Davenport) who originated from New Zealand. At age 10 he came to Dublin. A lieutenant in the Buffs attached to the Royal Artillery in 1944-7, he served in Palestine.

He did his surgical training in Dublin, London, and Belfast and specialised in orthopaedics at London’s Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital. He was greatly influenced by Sir Herbert Seddon and others.

He was appointed a consultant in 1965 and became professor at Pahlavi University, Iran, in l976. As a generalist he was happily settled in Ulster but less comfortable with increasing subspecialisation. Perhaps because of his origins, he found manual occupations such as surgery, gardening, and sailing more satisfying. He also enjoyed the communicative personal side of medicine. He leaves his two daughters and four grandsons.


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  • Former consultant orthopaedic surgeon Royal Victoria Hospital Belfast, Musgrave Park Hospital, and Northern Ireland Orthopaedic Service (b 1926; q Trinity College Dublin 1953; FRCSI, FRCS Eng), died from cancer on 25 June 2013.

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