b.1 October 1930 d.3 June 2000
MB BS Calcutta(1954) MRCP(1971) FRCP(1991)
Birenda Nath Mallik, affectionately known as Biren, was a consultant geriatrician in Worcester. He was born and brought up in Calcutta and qualified from Calcutta University. He served in the Indian Armed Forces for a short period before going to the UK in the early 1960s for post-graduate studies. He chose geriatric medicine as his specialty and did his senior registrar training at East Birmingham (Heartlands) Hospital.
He was appointed as a consultant geriatrician in Blackburn, but returned to the Midlands in 1975 when he took up a post in Worcester. This proved to be a great challenge. He had to start a completely new service with scarce resources and against strong prejudices. His tussle with managers and some of his colleagues did not make him particularly popular, but he went on to establish a very successful department of geriatric medicine, providing a comprehensive service to the elderly population of the area. He really was a person who enjoyed overcoming difficulties and achieving his goals.
He was a truly outstanding clinician. The junior doctors who trained under him benefited from his clinical acumen and his vast knowledge of virtually all the disciplines of internal medicine.
People will remember him as fair-minded and as a man of strong character. He could be awkward at times and certainly was impatient with colleagues who seemingly lacked his level of intelligence.
He was a widely read man and could converse on just about any subject one could think of. Ill-health forced him to retire early, but he kept his medical knowledge up-to-date. He was a true gentleman in every respect.
A K Viswan
(Volume XI, page 373)
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