ObituaryBMJ 1994; 309 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.309.6960.1013 (Published 15 October 1994) Cite this as: BMJ 1994;309:1013
Douglas Bevis played rugby for both his school and his university: it was his prowess as a forward that earned him the sobriquet of “Tiger.”
While he was a busy resident at St Mary's Hospital, Manchester, Tiger managed to perform his acclaimed research into the use of amniocentesis to determine the prognosis for the fetus in cases of Rh isoimmunisation. His original paper was published in the Lancet in 1950, but it was some 10 years before the procedure was generally accepted as safe and reliable. This research was done as a singlehanded and purely personal effort; his bedroom at the hospital resembled a laboratory. It was sad that the magnitude of the achievement was not fully acknowledged by his hospital and university at that time despite being acclaimed elsewhere in the world.
At Park Hospital he did considerable work on intrauterine fetal transfusion with outstanding results in cases of serious manifestations of Rh isoimmunisation. Later, while working in Sheffield, he became interested in in vitro culture of fertilised human ova and succeeded in carrying the culture to a stage of development well in advance of that being achieved elsewhere. His main interest was in the metabolism of the early embryo, and his research was important in the early days of embryo transfer.
Tiger had other interests besides medicine: music was one. In addition, his work with metal was outstanding: in particular I remember an exquisite model of a steam traction engine he had made. He is survived by his wife, Eve, and two sons.—T F REDMAN
Douglas Charles Aitchison Bevis, who was professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at St James's University Hospital, Leeds, from 1973 until his retirement, died 25 June aged 75. Born Ealing, west London, 28 May 1919; educated William Hulme's Grammar School, Manchester, and Victoria University …