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Michael Samuel Sanders

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 17 November 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d7349
  1. Paul A Sanders,
  2. Valerie R Sanders,
  3. Rosemary C Berry

Michael Samuel Sanders (formerly Salinsky) was born on 20 January 1925, the eldest of three sons of Manny and Florrie Salinsky, of Leeds. All of the three brothers became doctors (Kenneth and John in London, and Michael in Yorkshire).

As a very young child Michael decided he was going to be a doctor, perhaps because he saw emergency medical treatment at first hand for his own severe asthma and eczema, and from then onwards he never wanted to have any other career.

Aged 23 he qualified as a doctor from Leeds Medical School, at the beginning of the NHS. He continued his training at hospitals in Dewsbury, Huddersfield, and Barnsley.

His love of the sea tempted him to become a ship’s surgeon, making a few Scandinavian trips from Hull on a small passenger cargo vessel called the Borodino, which belonged to Ellerman’s Wilson Line. On one of these trips he rather unusually became the main patient when he contracted mumps.

After this he decided to settle down into general practice, becoming a trainee in Leeds before being selected to start up a brand new practice of his own on the newly constructed Bilton Grange housing estate in East Hull in 1952. In the same year he married Patricia Hill (Pat), a marriage that lasted for almost 60 years.

He was on call day and night non-stop in the early years as a single handed GP. He had only an occasional weekend off, by making a reciprocal arrangement with a neighbouring …

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