David Alexander Pealing Cooke

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: (Published 12 January 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:116

General practitioner who became an internationally renowned bird and wildlife photographer

After working as an air raid precautions warden while at school, David Cooke joined the Royal Air Force as soon as he was able. He flew a full tour of 30 sorties before qualifying as a bomb disposal officer. Upon demobilisation in 1946 he went up to Liverpool University and, after qualifying, continued his service as medical officer with the Royal Auxiliary Air Force. He undertook junior appointments at the David Lewis Hospital and the Liverpool Maternity Hospital. In 1955 he joined a practice in Ellesmere Port with which he remained for more than 30 years. He was a driving force behind one of the first purpose built GP group practice premises in Cheshire, which was established beside the Ellesmere Port Cottage …

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