Beryl Corner

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 26 April 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:906
  1. Peter Dunn

    Pioneer of newborn care

    Beryl Corner, distinguished paediatrician and pioneer of newborn care, died at the age of 96 on 4 March 2007. She was born in Henleaze, Bristol, on 9 December 1910, the eldest of the three children of Edward and Cicely Corner. After education at Redland High School for Girls she won a scholarship to study at the London (Royal Free Hospital) School for Medicine.

    Qualifying in 1934 with prizes in five clinical subjects, she undertook junior posts in London and Bristol. Within two years she had acquired both the MRCP and MD and the following year was appointed honorary physician to outpatients at the Bristol Royal Hospital for Sick Children, the first paediatric post in the south west of England. She was 26.

    At the height of the second world war, in 1942, when among many other duties, Beryl was already providing an almost singlehanded paediatric service for Bristol, the city's medical officer of health, Professor Parry, invited her to take over responsibility for the care of all newborn infants within the corporation's hospitals. Without hesitation she accepted. Her first action was to visit Dr Victoria Mary Crosse, who had set up a service for premature babies in Birmingham during the 1930s, and to study her methods.

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