Obituaries

Shameem AhmedArthur Frank BrysonGeorge Harold EllisPeter Stuart Arthur HeyworthThomas Alun Lloyd-JamesRonald Alexander McFaddenMa'ad Mahmoud SalmanPatrick Montrose SmytheWilliam Horrocks TattersallPeter Moor Vicary

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7221.1373 (Published 20 November 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1373

Shameem Ahmed


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Paediatrician Dhaka, Bangladesh (b 1951; q Dhaka 1977; PhD), died in an aeroplane accident in Kathmandu on 5 September 1999. She completed her PhD at the Institute of Child Health in London, and her thesis on infant feeding and growth led to her establishing the first lactation counselling centres in Bangladesh Before her return to Dhaka she worked for two years on a dangerous mission in Mogadishu for the Somali ministry of health and consulted for the World Health Organisation's regional office in Alexandria. She promoted breastfeeding in several publications, and her talent in communication and her beautiful voice led to her broadcasting for the BBC World Service. She became associate professor of paediatrics in Dhaka and then moved to the International Centre for Diarrhoeal Disease Research as a senior scientist, where she pioneered an outreach obstetric care package. One of her proudest achievements was to pilot safe caesarean section in primary healthcare centres. She designed programmes to help adolescent mothers and to reduce violence and represented her government forcefully at international conferences. Shameem was stylish, occasionally unpredictable, and great fun. At the time of her death she was awaiting interview for a senior post in the United Nations in New York. She leaves a daughter (a medical student) and a son.

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Arthur Frank Bryson

Consultant orthopaedic surgeon (b China 1910; q London 1935; FRCS; OBE), died after a series of strokes on 20 August 1999. After surgical training he returned to China in 1939 with the Council for World Mission, serving with the Chinese Red Cross in the Sino-Japanese war zones. Speaking Mandarin, he gained extensive experience of war surgery, and smuggled medical supplies to the Free Chinese guerillas, risking execution if discovered. In 1941 he was captured by the Japanese and interned in Lungha Camp, where he …

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