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Douglas Francis Freebody

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 02 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:307

Former consultant orthopaedic surgeon Kingston Hospital (b 1911; q Guy's Hospital, London, 1936; FRCS), died from heart failure on 12 October 2005.

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Douglas Freebody made an important contribution to orthopaedics and spinal surgery. National service with the Royal Army Medical Corps (1946-48) took him to Egypt and Palestine, and gained him a mention in dispatches. At Kingston Hospital he developed his technique of anterior fusion for spondylolisthesis using an iliac bone graft with a transperitoneal approach. Douglas was a keen gardener and an expert on orchids. He leaves a wife, Yvonne, his children and grandchildren.

[Barrie Parker]


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