Kieran O'DriscollBMJ 2007; 334 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39223.682824.BE (Published 07 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1228
- Dermot Mac Donald,
- Declan Meagher
Kieran O'Driscoll died recently at home in the loving care of his family. His wife, Ina, predeceased him by a few months.
Kieran believed that clinical research was an intrinsic part of good medical practice and spent his professional life accordingly.
His commitment to the labour ward and to the labouring women there resulted in many significant publications on the supervision of labour.
Both in 1920 in Kildare, where his father was a pharmacist and family doctor, he was educated at the nearby Clongowes Wood College and qualified in medicine with a first class honours degree from University College Dublin. He spent his initial postgraduate years at St Vincent's and the National Maternity Hospitals in Dublin. He undertook specialist training at the Women's Hospital in Liverpool and Queen Charlotte's in London, where he met his future Scottish wife, Robina (Ina). He took his MRCOG and MAO examinations in 1947 and became a consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist at …