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David Cosgrove

BMJ 2017; 358 doi: (Published 11 August 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;358:j3854
  1. Jeff Bamber,
  2. Robert Eckersley,
  3. Chris Harvey,
  4. Adrian Lim,
  5. Paul Sidhu,
  6. Meng Xing Tang

David Owen Cosgrove, “Doc” to his friends, was born in Nairobi, Kenya, the son of Alfred Owen Cosgrove and Kathleen Mary Cosgrove (née Carlisle). He graduated from high school in 1955 with A levels, ready for university entrance. His parents had the foresight to understand that David was exceptionally gifted and they supported his wish to apply to Oxford University, with his mother working to pay for his fees, which were then as now considerable for an overseas student. At age 17 David left Kenya, passed the Oxford University entrance examination, and went on to obtain a BA in physiology from Oxford (1961) and subsequently qualified in medicine from St George’s Hospital Medical School in Tooting, London. After working at several hospitals in London he returned to Nairobi in 1971 and practised medicine at the Jomo Kenyatta Hospital. He soon understood that he would be happier and could make a more significant contribution to medicine in England, the country to which he returned and in which he subsequently remained for the rest of his life, working in medical ultrasound to achieve world renowned standing and advancing his specialty in an unprecedented manner.

The ensuing list of honours and accomplishments in David’s successful career are extensive, suffice to say that David’s contributions were immense. The main areas where he substantially advanced the clinical role of radiological (ie non-obstetric) ultrasound, included improved understanding of the basic mechanisms of the ultrasound image forming process and …

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