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Memorable Manitobans: Brian D. Best (1910-2004)

Surgeon and physician.

Born at Hampshire, England on 20 August 1910, son of Robert Best and Ann McBride, the family moved to Killarney in 1911 where he attended Killarney School and was awarded the Governor-General’s medal for academic, athletic and social achievement. He studied medicine at the University of Manitoba and, in 1934, won the Gold Medal for the highest standing, as well as winning many other academic awards. He did postgraduate studies in Edinburgh and, in 1938, returned to Winnipeg to work at the Winnipeg General Hospital, Medical Arts, Winnipeg Clinic, and University of Manitoba. Over his 40-year medical career, he was one of the leading obstetricians and gynaecologists in Western Canada and introduced new procedures for the treatment of cervical cancer. He was a member of many professional organizations and was Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Manitoba (1952-1975). He died at Winnipeg on 30 May 2004.


Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 1 June 2004.

“They will live on in memory” by Kevin Rollason, Winnipeg Free Press, 31 December 2004, page B4.

This page was prepared by Ian Stewart.

Page revised: 7 October 2017

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