Dr Freda Bury Bannister

Personal Details

Dr Freda Bury Bannister

23/12/1910 to 2000

Place of birth: West Derby, Lancashire

Nationality: British

CRN: 715333

Also known as: Freda married Dr C Lucan Gray Pratt in 1934 and called herself Dr Pratt, but reverted to Bannister in 1941. In 1945 she married Rupert Underwood Whitney, but continued to work under her maiden name until late in her career when she became known as Mrs Freda Whitney.

Education and qualifications

General education

Nelson Secondary School

Primary medical qualification(s)

Mb ChB, Liverpool University, 1933

Initial Fellowship and type

FFARCS by Election

Year of Fellowship


Other qualification(s)

DA(RCP&S) 1939

Professional life and career

Postgraduate career

Freda qualified at Liverpool University in 1933 during which time she was awarded a number of prizes including the Derby Exhibition in Clinical Surgery, the A C Rich Prize in Medicine and the Mary Burrell Scholarship. She undertook her house physician’s posts at the Royal Infirmary, but not much is known about her subsequent career until she joined the Nuffield Department in Oxford as a Junior Assistant in 1938. She was promoted to First Assistant in 1939, and joined the RAMC in 1943, acting as deputy for Professor Macintosh when he was much involved with the RAF.

Professional interests and activities

She was co-author of Macintosh’s first book, Essentials of General Anaesthesia (1940), and for its next four editions, initially as F B Pratt and subsequently as F B Bannister. She published a number of papers on the Oxford Vaporiser, anaesthesia for dental surgery and intravenous anaesthesia.

Other biographical information

Freda Bury Whitney died in Bridgnorth, Shropshire in 2000

Author and Sources

Author: E Anne Thornberry

Sources and any other comments:
Newspaper articles in the Burnley Express accessed via Findmypast.co.uk; correspondence with Pierre Foex, Medical Directories on ancestry.co.uk and Boulton TB ‘Professor Sir Robert Macintosh 1897-1989; An appreciation.’ Proc Hist Anaes Soc 1990; 8b: 97 – 109. More information about her life and career would be most welcome.