Peter Paul Rickham

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 11 December 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:1408

Founder of the world's first neonatal surgical unit

Peter Rickham was one of a small group of pioneering surgeons who helped to establish the specialty of paediatric surgery in the United Kingdom.

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He founded the first neonatal surgical unit in the world, at Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool. This unit was to become the benchmark for similar units around the world and immediately brought about an improvement in the survival of newborn infants …

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