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George Douglas Pinker

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 28 June 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:1378
  1. Alasdair Fraser,
  2. Frank Loeffler

    Surgeon gynaecologist to the Queen

    Sir George Pinker succeeded Sir John Peel as surgeon gynaecologist to the Queen in 1973. He later shared with Peel the unique distinction of also becoming president of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. These totally dissimilar appointments reflected Pinker's unique qualities both as a widely respected clinical obstetrician and gynaecologist and his commitment to the wider aspects of service to medicine.

    Born in Calcutta and educated in Reading, he entered St Mary's Hospital Medical School in 1942. He was active as a student in reviving the musical society which had atrophied during the second world war, and with his fine baritone voice sang one of the leading roles in its first post war production, the Mikado. Such was the quality of this production that he and two other students were offered professional contracts with the D'Oyly Carte Company. Fortunately for medicine he declined the offer, but his love, knowledge, and understanding of music, particularly opera (and especially Wagner), continued throughout his life. This was reflected in his becoming assistant concert director of Reading Symphony Orchestra and then vice president of the London Choral Society in 1988.

    After qualifying he held resident appointments in the department …

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