Obituaries

Sir John David Nunes NabarroEdoardo ParmaMary Veronica Porter (n£e Burdett-Smith)Anthony Watson PurdieRory SadlerNorah Patricia SherlockMichael Edward SkinnerMark SticklandJohn WallaceWilliam Derek WylieStuart Young

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.317.7169.1391 (Published 14 November 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1391

Sir John David Nunes Nabarro

  1. J L H O'Riordan

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    Former consultant physician Middlesex Hospital, 1954-81 (b London 1915; qUCL 1938; MD, FRCS), d 28 April 1998. The son of a pathologist, he was an extremely good general physician combining clinical skills with a scientific approach. John quickly realised the possibilities for exploiting the development of radioimmunoassays for peptide hormones and techniques for measuring thyroid and steroid hormones. He trained a large number of endocrinologists, many of whom rose to positions of distinction in Britain and abroad. An incredible hard worker he set a pace that tested the juniors who were fortunate enough to work with him. He was pre-eminent in clinical endocrinology and made major contributions to the studies of the pituitary and the treatment of pituitary disease, to analysis of adrenal function and dysfunction, and to reproductive endocrinology. At the same time he made important contributions to the field of diabetes, particularly in the management of diabetic keto-acidosis and the use of oral hypoglycaemic agents and new insulins. When he retired he became director of the Institute of Clinical Sciences. John was chairman of the executive council of the British Diabetic Association—he persuaded the government to give free prescriptions for disposable syringes and blood glucose test strips—a senior vice president of the Royal College of Physicians, 1977-9, and chairman of the Joint Consultants Committee, 1979-82. This involved critical discussions with the Department of Health, and during his chairmanship important decisions were made about the training of junior doctors, not the least was persuading people that there had to be a closer balance between the numbers being trained and the opportunities at consultant level. One of his chief interests was philately, particularly of the Netherlands. He leaves a wife, Joan (also a doctor); two sons; and two daughters.

    Edoardo Parma

    1. Vittorio Caimi

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      General practitioner Milan (b 1955; q Milan 1979), died from …

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