|Birth: ||Jul. 17, 1914|
Tamil Nadu, India
|Death: ||Jul. 8, 2003|
Orthopaedic Surgeon and Author. He was a world-renowned orthopaedic specialist and leprosy surgeon, considered legendary and described by most as a modern-day Father Damian. Born the son of missionary parents, he spent his early years in the mountains of southwest India. At age nine, he went to London, England for his education and later completed medical school at London University, becoming a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons. Together with his wife Margaret, whom he met at medical school, he returned to India in 1946 to teach surgery at the Christian Medical College and Hospital in Vellore. It was in India that the Brands first came across "leprosy beggars", deformed, blind and crippled by the disease. Deeply affected by the acute anguish and isolation of people afflicted with leprosy, he and his wife dedicated themselves to relieving their suffering. There were many obstacles to overcome - not the least being prejudice and resistance to using surgical skills on people with leprosy, and allowing them access to hospital care. Through his research in South India, Dr. Brand changed forever the world's perceptions and treatments of leprosy-affected people. In 1953, the Brands joined the staff of The Leprosy Mission, and continued to develop their research and training work at Vellore and at the nearby Schieffelin Leprosy Research and Training Centre, Karigiri, newly founded and funded jointly by The Leprosy Mission and American Leprosy Missions. In 1964 after over 17 years in India, Dr. Brand was appointed as The Leprosy Mission's Director of Surgery and Rehabilitation which offered worldwide opportunities to share his life-changing skills. Two years later they were seconded to the United States Public Health Service Hospital in Carville, Louisiana, which is the only leprosy hospital in the U.S. and a world-famous centre for leprosy research. Here, Dr. Brand was Director of the Rehabilitation Branch until his retirement in 1986 and continued to act as Medical Consultant to The Leprosy Mission. From 1993 to 1999, Dr. Brand was President of The Leprosy Mission International. In retirement, he continued to contribute to leprosy work through his advisory role to The Leprosy Mission and to the World Health Organisation. He moved to Seattle and became Clinical Professor of Orthopoedics, Emeritus at the University of Washington. A gifted speaker and writer, Dr. Brand has received many honours and awards in recognition for his outstanding achievements: he was Hunterian Professor of the Royal College of Surgeons in 1952; in 1960 he received the Albert Lasker Award for outstanding leadership and service in the field of rehabilitation; in 1961 he was honoured by Queen Elizabeth II with a CBE (Commander of the British Empire) for promotion of good relations between the Republic of India and Great Britain; in 1977 the Damian-Dutton Award for outstanding contributions in prevention of disabilities due to leprosy; and the U.S. Surgeon General's Medallion for his rehabilitation work in Carville, LA. He authored 100 scientific papers and seven books, including Clinical Mechanics of the Hand, which is the premier handbook for hand surgeons, physiotherapists and other hand specialists. He was the co-author with Philip Yancey of three inspiring books, "Fearfully and Wonderfully Made" "In His Image", and "Pain - The Gift Nobody Wants", Paul Brand is also the subject of Dorothy Clarke Wilson's biography, "Ten Fingers for God". Dr. Paul Brand died from complications related to a subdural hematoma. He is survived by his wife Margaret, their six children, Estelle, Chris, Jean, Mary, Patricia and Pauline, and twelve grandchildren. A man of deep faith and passionate commitment, Paul Brand brought great dignity, humour and humility to the role of greatness that was laid on him. He spent his lifetime working with people affected by leprosy, doing his utmost to destroy the stigma of the disease, and rebuild the lives of those destroyed by it.
Specifically: Seattle, Washington
Created by: Always with Love
Record added: Apr 29, 2007
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