Maurice Simeon Albin

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 12 July 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i3869
  1. Roger L Albin

Maurice Albin was a pioneering figure in neuroanaesthesia and devoted his life to improving patient care.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, he was the son of immigrant Jewish parents. His character was influenced by several powerful currents. The Jewish tradition of life as a quest for ethical fulfilment, the reformist optimism of the New Deal, the cosmopolitanism of New York City, and the communal experience of the second world war were major factors in his early life. His native curiosity was encouraged by his free thinking father, and he received an outstanding education in New York City’s public schools. Maurice graduated from Abraham Lincoln High School on the eve of the American entry into the second world war.

He enlisted in the US army, serving with the first medical battalion, attached to the famous first infantry division. He experienced the Normandy campaign and the Battle of the Bulge. In 1946, awaiting demobilisation and transfer home from Britain, he …

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