Louis Greenbaum

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 01 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1025
  1. Adam Greenbaum

Louis Greenbaum was born on the 18 January 1912 and died peacefully with his family by his side 96 years later on 7 March 2008, having practised medicine for 53 years as a general practitioner in Bethnal Green and Sydenham, and during the war in India.

His parents escaped the pogroms in Poland and settled in the East End of London at the beginning of the 20th century. They were very poor: his father worked three jobs serially each day to keep his family; his brother left school to work aged 14 and Louis was, therefore, enabled to study. He won a scholarship to the Central Foundation School for Boys on Whitechapel Road, and then a state scholarship to study medicine at The London Hospital. He qualified with the conjoint examination in 1936 and set up in a singlehanded practice in Bethnal Green. When the second world war broke out in 1939, he volunteered straight away but was not called up until 1941, so …

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