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Peter Stradling

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 20 September 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c5080
  1. John Stradling

    Peter Stradling was born in Yeovil to Sir Reginald and Lady Inda Stradling on 6 April 1919. He was educated at Berkhamsted School in Hertfordshire and then went to University College Medical School for his professional training. As a young man he showed a great interest in people, animals, electronics, and photography. Some of his very early photograph albums are still with the family.

    At medical school he obviously enjoyed his studies, and personal references show that he was near, or at the top, of his year group. His greatest joy at medical school was to find his future wife, Peggy, from among his fellow students, and they married in 1942 in Exeter Cathedral, directly after qualifying. His junior hospital jobs, at University College, were completed during the difficult war years with his seniors regarding him very highly. He worked for a number of consultants, Andrew Morland (chest diseases), C J Marshall, R S Pilcher, and M Pearson. He had an initial interest in obstetrics and gynaecology, working for F J Browne and Professor James Young at the then British Postgraduate Medical School, Hammersmith Hospital. He then spent 10 months in general practice in war torn London with Margaret Finlayson, followed by a casualty officer post at University College in 1944 and as medical officer at West Middlesex Hospital in 1945.

    His experience in chest medicine with Andrew Morland had been enjoyable, and he decided to commit himself to this specialty, taking up the post of senior assistant medical officer at Clare Hall Chest Hospital and County TB Sanatorium in South Mimms in 1946. In 1947 he took up …

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