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Derek Hubert Patrick Cope

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 02 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5840
  1. Andrew P Cope

Derek Hubert Patrick Cope was educated at Epsom College, where he excelled in sciences in the classroom and on the rugby playing fields of the college. On leaving Epsom in 1940, he was awarded the Freer Lucas entrance scholarship to the Middlesex Hospital. After qualifying he completed his first appointment as house surgeon at Selly Oak Hospital, Birmingham. From September 1945 to April 1948 he worked as general duty orderly in the Royal Army Medical Corps. This was when he discovered his interest in, and aptitude for anaesthetics.

He was released from active military duty in May 1948 and started training in earnest, obtaining …

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