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Michael John Gilbert

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 08 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2300
  1. Anita Gilbert

Michael John Gilbert (“Mike”) was born in Smethwick and went to King Edward grammar school. After qualifying he went to south Wales to train in obstetrics and gynaecology. His parents bought him a Cooper Mark 5 for £145 for passing his medical finals, which was the beginning of a lifelong passion.

In 1962 he went into general practice in Grenfell in northern Saskatchewan, Canada. It was a town of 1200 people 84 miles from the city of Regina. There was a small purpose built hospital. He and his partner, Mike Stafford, did any surgical procedures they felt they could safely perform with the pictorial guide to surgery firmly placed next to the operating table. They were also responsible for the welfare of the people living in four Cree Indian reservations. He hunted, fished, and raced and was the Formula Vee champion for a year. The winter was no deterrent; races took place on ice.

In 1968 having spent seven years enduring …

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