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THE WORLD OF AFRICAN NEUROSURGERY

THE TENTH E. LATUNDE ODEKU MEMORIAL LECTURE

OCTOBER 29, 1985

BY

ADELOLA ADELOYE

MB MS(Lond) FRCP(Edin) FRCS(Eng) FACS FICS

FWACS FMCS(Nig) FAS DSc (Hon)

Professor of Neurological Surgery, Department of Surgery

University of Ibadan, Ibadan, Nigeria


Introduction

The Hospital felt a great sense of loss when the news arrived of the death of Tuesday 20th August 1974, at the Hammersmith Hospital in London, of Professor E. Latunde Odeku. He was 47 years old.

Professor Odeku was a much liked personality, who was totally devoted to the practice of medicine, and his particular specialty of Neurosurgery, which he practiced here for 12 years. Professor Odeku received his basic medical education in the United States of America, where he also had his specialist training in Neurosurgery.

He was appointed a Lecturer/Consultant in Neurosurgery in Ibadan in October 1962, and was promoted to Senior Lecturer in October 1963. In November 1965 he was appointed as Professor in Neurosurgery.

He was Head of the Department of Surgery from January 1969 to September 1971, and was Dean of the then Faculty of Medicine for the period 1968 to 1970.

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