Richard Lindsey Batten

Richard Lindsey Batten FRCS (29 September 1920 - 29 December 1997) was an English orthopaedic surgeon. He notably established the first blood bank in Nigeria, and introduced in Britain the AO technique for internal fixation of fractures. He also taught orthopaedics at the Birmingham General Hospital, and was the first editor of the scientific trauma journal Injury He was born 29 September 1920 in London, the son of the successful medical doctor Lindsey Willett Batten and his wife Ellen Mary (Molly) Batten née Turnbull. He attended Westminster School and studied medicine at Cambridge University. Entering the British army in 1944, he was posted to Italy where he became the medical officer in Venice for the British forces: he was allocated a gondola to visit the sick. In 1955, he was appointed trauma and orthopaedic surgeon at the new University College Hospital in Ibadan, Nigeria. He there established Nigeria’s first blood bank. He was a consultant orthopaedic and trauma surgeon and lecturer at Birmingham General Hospital from 1967 to 1983.

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Date of birth
September 29th, 1920
Date of death
December 29th, 1997 at age of 77


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