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Prudence Tunnadine

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 21 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1326
  1. Caroline Richmond

    Founder of the Institute of Psychosexual Medicine

    Prue Tunnadine played a key role in founding the Institute of Psychosexual Medicine in 1974, and was an authority on treating sexual problems.

    She was born Lesley Prudence Dundas Bellam in a nursing home in Chiswick, head first into a commode, which she thought explained her very singular brain. Her father worked in the rag trade and was an army reservist. When war broke out he was commissioned into the royal tank regiment and the family moved to Sussex, where they had previously spent their holidays.

    She was educated at Bedford Park High School for Girls and Chichester High School, where she excelled in everything except needlework, was embarrassed at having to stand on the stage wearing rosettes on prizegiving day, and was talkative and boisterous.

    After the war her father was posted to India, and she remained with an aunt and uncle to do her A levels. She then went out to India, via Suez, on …

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