Idris JonesJ R BorgBernard Stringfellow CarterRobert Fisher (“Bob”) CogginsIan McBrideStephen Reginald James McNamaraBMJ 1997; 314 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7073.78 (Published 04 January 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:78
Born to parents who had little formal education, Idris Jones won scholarships to both grammar school and King's College, London. While a medical student he also gained a BSc (subsequently an MSc) in zoology at evening classes at Chelsea Polytechnic. Having joined the staff of St Mary's Hospital, he spent the war at Harefield Hospital, where some of its departments had moved. He did military service in 1946-7 as a lieutenant colonel in the Royal Army Medical Corps in Singapore and Burma, where he could indulge his fascination with tropical medicine and natural history. He was a notable and outstanding teacher with a great enthusiasm for his subject, and at Harefield he instituted a popular evening teaching round. He was also a prime mover in the 1960s in planning and raising funds for the Mount Vernon Hospital postgraduate centre. In retirement, from 1976 near Pwhelli, he had almost a second career as a locum consultant physician at the local district hospital at Bangor, fully joining its postgraduate life. He was a spiritual man who read and knew his Bible …
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