Obituaries

Desmond BardonRonald Alwyne BowenGordon DuttonErnest HuntCynthia Mary Illingworth (née Redhead)Gerald Francis (“Joe”) MurnaghanWilliam PhillipsEdward PlattsAlexander SlessorKota Seetharama Urala

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7218.1204 (Published 30 October 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1204

Desmond Bardon

Consultant psychiatrist Shenley Hospital, Hertfordshire, 1939-77 (b Co Wicklow 1913; q Dublin 1938), died from a cerebrovascular accident on 2 September 1999. His sister, now 100, schooled him at home, and he studied classics before turning to medicine Dr Bardon had a special interest in psychoanalysis, Bowlby's attachment theory, and their applications to clinical work in general psychiatry. He organised an active postgraduate study programme and invited distinguished psychoanalysts to lecture, including Anna Freud. He created the mother and baby unit which pioneered work in helping mothers with puerperal depression without separating them from their babies and the self care unit which provided an environment in which long term inpatients were prepared for discharge. He was critical of the classical ward round and preferred more intimate settings in which to see patients. Dr Bardon had an excellent relationship with all the staff; he always organised parties for those who left his unit, and in his farewell speeches he managed to capture people's positive and idiosyncratic aspects. When he retired he dedicated part of his time to helping various organisations with ideas on mental health promotion for parents and babies. He remained in touch with many of the Spanish nurses who worked in his unit, and some of them helped him during his final years. Predeceased by his wife, Moira (also a doctor), he leaves three children and eight grandchildren.

[Mario Marrone]

Ronald Alwyne Bowen


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Former consultant anaesthetist St Bartholomew's Hospital, 1950-79 (b Swansea 1913; q St Bartholomew's 1940; DA, FFARCS), d 16 March 1999. Soon after qualifying, Ronnie joined the Royal Army Medical Corps as a captain and was given no option but to specialise in anaesthesia. He spent most of the war in the Middle East and Eritrea, where he ran the local venereology clinic When he became a consultant he made …

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