Peter H. Abrahams, MB, BS, FRCS (Ed), FRCR, DO (hon)

Honored Member Award 2006

Peter Herbert Abrahams trained at the Middlesex Hospital Medical School after doing VSO teaching (Peace Corps) in the jungles of Borneo. He intended to become a surgeon but was side-tracked into clinical anatomy after writing “Clinical Anatomy of Practical Procedures” with Webb in 1973 which led to him being awarded a British Fulbright Scholarship to the University of Iowa (1975) in Anatomical Education. He was Clinical Anatomist at UCL (London) and then held the same post at The University of Cambridge before becoming the Professor of Clinical Anatomy at the Kigezi International School of Medicine. He still teaches weekly as a Fellow of Girton College Cambridge and does one day a week as an NHS (government) family practitioner. Peter has always been involved with the developing world – having worked as an educational and anatomical consultant for WHO, Geneva, setting up a new school in Beersheba and has examined and lectured doctors and surgeons in Africa, the Middle East, South East Asia, the USA and throughout Europe. Since 1993 he has been a Professor at St. Georges University, Grenada where he is known for his dual passions of jungle bashing and lecturing on the history of art. He has published more than 50 peer-reviewed research papers and 15 new student text books on aspects of clinical anatomy and radiology in over 60 language editions as well as ten different CD-ROMs in similar fields. In 1997 he was awarded the BMA electronic publishing first prize for his Interactive Skeleton CD-ROM. Also in 2005 with Craven and Lumley he won The Richard Asher prize from the Royal Society of Medicine, London for the best new undergraduate medical text book. His major contributions include the McMinn “Atlas of Human Anatomy” now in its fifth edition and with Weir “Imaging Atlas of Human Anatomy” in its third edition. He is married to a fit, cycling academic GP with three grown-up daughters and can often be found either climbing volcanoes in the jungles of St. Vincent or diving in the deep blue waters 120 feet below the surface where he is now planning a book using his own underwater photographs on marine biology of the Caribbean - Yo man! The AACA recognizes Peter Abrahams as an international clinical anatomist, teacher, author and family doctor, awarded the Honored member status in the AACA for his distinguished career, and enthusiasm for clinical anatomy as both clinician and anatomist, and particularly in recognition of his teaching of medical students the world over, and his prolific authorship of anatomical textbooks and electronic teaching resources in many languages.