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BMJ. 2007 July 21; 335(7611): 163.
PMCID: PMC1925224

Michael Gregory Price

The son of a Jersey dentist, Mike Price was born in Birmingham but brought up in Jersey. During the German occupation in 1944, he escaped from the island in a small boat with four friends. They were washed up on the Cherbourg coast and taken in by a French farmer who helped them escape back to England. After the war, Mike began medical studies at Barts (relocated to Queens' College, Cambridge at the time). He was a very able student, winning many prizes, and initially contemplated a career in surgery. In 1955 he married Enid Wozencroft, a medical student from the Royal Free, and both then chose careers in general practice. He practised in Harpenden for over 30 years until his retirement in 1986. He was a founding member of the Royal College of General Practitioners, was an active member of the local medical committee, and led the practice development into new premises, now known as Davenport House. He was a very keen golfer but also loved the sea and in 1982 took a six month sabbatical as a ship's doctor in the Royal Fleet Auxiliary to the Falkland Islands, a few months after the conflict. On his return he gave a talk entitled “Being There,” these two words encapsulating his approach to both his patients and his family. He leaves a wife, four children, and 11 grandchildren.

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Former general practitioner Harpenden, Hertfordshire (b 1926; q St Bartholomew's Hospital 1952; MRCGP, DRCOG), died from cerebrovascular disease on 6 January 2007, exactly 81 years after his birth.


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