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Geoffrey Wooler

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 09 April 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1929
  1. Geoffrey Bunch,
  2. John Shoesmith

    Geoffrey Wooler, former consultant cardiothoracic surgeon to the General Infirmary at Leeds, and a pioneer of open heart surgery, died on 1 January. He was 98 years old and had remained active in many pursuits since his retirement in 1974. He was the last honorary surgeon to be appointed to the Leeds Infirmary before the inception of the health service in 1948. He retired in 1974.

    Geoffrey Wooler was born in Leeds in 1911 and educated at Leeds Grammar School and Giggleswick. He went to Selwyn College, Cambridge, to study law but was uninspired. After an afternoon spent in the dissecting room with a friend he decided to change courses and study medicine. He went to the London Hospital for his clinical studies and qualified with conjoint in 1937 and his Cambridge degrees the following year.

    Tudor Edwards, who had just been appointed to establish a thoracic surgical unit at the London encouraged him to take up this new surgical specialty. After further general surgical experience he arranged a six …

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