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BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7224.1579 (Published 11 December 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:1579

Anwar Akhtar


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Consultant physician in geriatric medicine Lothian Health Board, 1971-96 (b Lahore 1936; q Edinburgh 1961; FRCPEd), d 10 August 1999. He became interested in stroke management while working with Sir Ferguson Anderson at Stobhill Hospital, Glasgow, and he made important contributions on the subject. He took part in one of the first randomised controlled trials of the benefits of dedicated stroke units, comparing the results with those obtained in general units. He was a popular teacher and his video on strokes is still used in teaching. He excelled at the bedside and a domiciliary visit could last for hours, most of the time spent in explanation and reassurance. Despite a catalogue of life threatening illnesses, he continued with a heavy clinical workload. Outside medicine his interests were reading, music, art, photography, and animal welfare. The animals in the Akhtar household frequently increased when he brought home an elderly lady's pet when she refused to go into hospital unless her pet was cared for. He leaves a wife, Valerie; two daughters; and a son.

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Brian Douglas Bower

Former consultant paediatrician and honorary senior clinical lecturer John Radcliffe Hospital and University of Oxford (b 1925; q Birmingham 1948; FRCP, FRCPCH), died from a ruptured aortic aneurysm on 22 September 1999. After national service in the Royal Army Medical Corps he trained in paediatrics in Birmingham and Oxford. He carried out research into pink disease, hypothyroidism, Hirschsprung's disease, and epilepsy. He also developed neonatology at the Sorrento Maternity Hospital and carried out studies of cold injury, hyperbilirubinaemia, hypoglycaemia, and respiratory distress syndrome. He made the first controlled trial of early feeding of preterm babies. In Oxford, where he returned in 1966, he provided an expert neurological service. His colleagues respected his opinion on a wide range of clinical problems. He played an important part …

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