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Obituary: Carys Margaret Bannister

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 11 January 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d166

The print version of this obituary by Jaleel Miyan (BMJ 2010;341:c7238, doi:10.1136/bmj.c7238) refers to Carys Bannister as the “first lady neurosurgeon in the UK.” It seems that she almost certainly was not. Diana Beck (1902-56) was appointed consultant neurosurgeon at the Middlesex Hospital in 1947, having previously worked at the Frenchay Hospital in Bristol (see Beck was probably the female neurosurgeon alluded to by Bannister in the full, online version of the obituary: “As the first ‘lady brain surgeon’ in the UK (though she herself always said there was one before her who practised during the second world war years but was not fully qualified), Cary received a lot of media attention ...” The parenthetical part was cut from the print version to save space.


Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d166

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