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Obituaries

Peter Howell Schurr

BMJ 2019; 367 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.l6710 (Published 29 November 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;367:l6710
  1. Charles E Polkey

Peter Howell Schurr, who died at 98 years of age, is probably the last survivor of those neurosurgeons who bridged the gap between neurosurgery in the interwar years. The specialty had a small number of practitioners and was still considered a sideline by many general surgeons, to the time when modern neurosurgery was beginning to develop in the 1970s. Although the professional body, the Society of British Neurological Surgeons (SBNS), was founded in 1926, the specialty began to expand after the war and the calibre and standards of these surgeons established the present stature of the neurosurgery as a recognised surgical specialty.

Peter Schurr qualified from Cambridge in 1943, joined the Royal Army Medical Corps, where he worked as a general …

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