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Frederick Ephraim Dische

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 06 September 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5405
  1. Geoffrey Dische

After service in the Royal Air Force, Frederick Dische trained in pathology at the Canadian Red Cross Memorial Hospital, Taplow; Cambridge University; and St George’s Hospital, London. In 1958 he was appointed consultant pathologist to the Camberwell Hospitals Group, later merged into King’s.

Apart from general histopathological reporting, biopsy work at Dulwich Hospital entailed an increasing workload in connection with the renal unit and required immune staining and electron microscopy of kidney sections. These he preferred to examine personally, rather than depend on technicians. He was able to show by measurement that the condition of “thin (glomerular basement) membrane nephropathy” is a common cause of haematuria. He provided a rapid diagnostic service on transplant needle cores, vital for management; described other aspects of renal disease and transplantation; and wrote a textbook on renal pathology. He also contributed to postgraduate teaching at the Institute of Urology.

After retiring in 1989, he undertook locum appointments at hospitals around London and in Stockholm. He was responsible for native kidney diagnosis for much of central and northern Sweden, over a period of two years. He worked until the age of 80.

Keen on yachting when younger, he also enjoyed walking in the Lake District, trekking in Nepal, and downhill skiing in the Alps. A photographer since youth, he took up painting in his later years. Predeceased by Sylvia, his wife of 54 years, he leaves two children and one grandson.

Former consultant histopathologist and honorary senior lecturer King’s College Hospital and Medical School (b 1924; q Middlesex Hospital 1947; MD, FRCP, FRCPath), died from aspiration pneumonia on 20 August 2019

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