ObituariesJohn Bruce BittinerAmélie BoydDavid Christy DunnJudith Anne HardyLeonard ShenfieldBMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7165.1085 (Published 17 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1085
John Bruce Bittiner
- Bruce Bittiner
Former consultant venereologist Nottingham General Hospital 1962-86 (b 1920; q Aberdeen 1943), died from cancer of the pancreas on 30 May 1998. He served with the Royal Army Medical Corps in India when newly qualified and returned to England to finish his training. He published the first described cases of asymptomatic carriage of gonorrhoea in men in 1955. He delighted in teaching medical students, nurses and midwives, and doctors, and this skill was aided by a rapport for young people and an impish sense of humour. He took great pride in his department, his staff, and the hospital, and in 1990 published Nottingham General Hospital —Personal Reflections.In the early 1960s he predicted the changes caused by the sexual revolution and the contraceptive pill, which were to alter the demography of the clinics from a domination by men to virtual parity of men and women. At the same time effective antibiotics and contact tracing put the traditional sexually transmitted diseases, such as gonorrhoea and syphilis, into decline. He …
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