Obituaries

Syed Manzararuddin AhsanPhilip Francis BensonJon Benjamin Moffat ButlerGeorge Williamson Auchinvole DickAlexander (“Sandy”) GeddesArchibald (“Archie”) HantonGeoffrey HowittCharles Campbell LairdJohn MacphersonJohn McGregor and Barbara Elsie McKinnonAndrew Clark MorrisonJohn Kirkpatrick (“Kirk”)Ratcliffe

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7117.1238 (Published 08 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1238

Syed Manzararuddin Ahsan


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General practitioner Hackney 1959–92 (b Patna, India, 1922; q Patna 1948; DRCOG, MRCGP), died of myocardial infarction on 5 April 1997. His training was interrupted in 1941, when he served in the British and Indian army medical corps in Assam, Burma, and Japan. After qualifying he spent four years as Indian vice consul/medical officer in Saudi Arabia, and completed his training in Britain before entering general practice. For many years he was singlehanded and was active as a member of the City and East London Local Medical Committee. He was a founder member and past president of the Bihar Medical Graduates Association. He was a keen gardener, bridge player, reader, and a lover of antiques. After retirement he continued doing locums, in fact up to 6 o'clock on the evening of his death. He leaves a wife, Ilse; three sons (one a doctor) and four daughters; and grandchildren (two doctors and one in training). [Ilse, Arif, and Zia Ahsan]

Philip Francis Benson

Former clinical biochemical geneticist and consultant paediatrician Guy's Hospital (b Rome 1928; q St Thomas's 1950; MD, FRCP), died of metastatic prostatic cancer on 10 August 1997. After national service in army hospitals in Egypt and north Africa he trained in paediatrics, finishing at Guy's Hospital, where he remained for 25 years. To further his work he took a degree in biochemistry, and in 1973 became director of the supraregional assay service for genetic enzyme defects at Guy's, and was a coauthor of Genetic Biochemical Disorders. He was an authority on the mucopolysaccaridoses and supervised some of the earliest attempts at enzyme replacement therapy. He continued this interest in the United Arab Emirates, where autosomal recessive disorders are common, and discovered many undiagnosed patients. Philip had wide ranging interests, being a competent pianist, particularly loving the music of Beethoven and …

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