Albert Cecil GrahamBMJ 2009; 339 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b5541 (Published 22 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5541
- Richard H R White
Albert Cecil Graham—known throughout Barbados as Bertie—was born on 22 January 1928. He was destined to train as an architect. His twin brother, George, had won a scholarship to study medicine at Cambridge, but unfortunately died aged 17 from rheumatic fever, which was still prevalent in the West Indies at that time. Consequently Bertie was told by his father, a local shipwright, that he would “do medicine.”
After completing his clinical training at Guy’s Hospital, Bertie qualified and spent his early career in London. After returning to Barbados, Bertie was appointed the first head of paediatrics at the new Elizabeth Hospital, where he worked for 26 years.
On first appointment he was a single handed consultant, supported by just two house officers, and was often called in for emergencies, especially in the …