Obituaries

Anthony Philip HopkinsKathryn Rhian JamesJames (“Jim”) KeavneyHarry ReesVincent Andover (“Andy”) Wills

BMJ 1997; 314 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.314.7087.1133 (Published 12 April 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;314:1133

Anthony Philip Hopkins


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Consultant neurologist St Bartholomew's Hospital London 1972-97 and director Research Unit Royal College of Physicians London 1988-97 (b Poole 1937; q Guy's 1961; MD, FRCP), died of presumed myocardial infarction on 7 March 1997. Rumour has it that his appointment as consultant at Barts was controversial: too inexperienced at 34, he'd also come from Guy's. He had trained at the National Hospital Queen Square under Roger Gilliatt, whose academic reputation (if sometimes combined with an acerbic tongue) occasionally broke through in Anthony's manner. In clinical neurology he was before his time, having already established a hub and spoke service at Barts some 15 years before it became a buzz word. With Richard Greenwood he studied falling from a height, dropping even his youngest son. Perceptive (and unconnected) papers on headaches and major studies on epilepsy followed. With Elizabeth Davies he turned to gliomas, recording in detail the care patients received; the findings were roundly criticised by the oncology establishment. While his clinical opinion was highly valued, he had passed through medicine at the bedside, and Anthony the author is close by the reader as a …

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