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BMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7236.718 (Published 11 March 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:718

Donald Varley Bateman


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Former consultant anaesthetist (b Colne, Lancashire, 1917; q Cambridge/The London 1941; FFARCS), died from the effects of osteoporosis of the spine on 20 August 1999. Donald was a Quaker and could have claimed exemption from the services but he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps and served in Europe and Kenya. In 1950 he was appointed consultant to St Margaret's Hospital, Epping, and later to St Mark's where he worked with Henry Thompson for over 20 years. They proved how a good relationship could benefit patients and theatre staff. In 1963 he published a paper entitled “A philosophy of anaesthesia,” which characterised his thinking of an anaesthetist as a diplomat as well as a good doctor. He was honorary secretary of the St Mark's Association and was president in 1983. At St Margaret's he organised a dinner club which met twice a year and brought the GPs and the hospital staff together. He was also the first president of the hospital's social club, which was open to all in the hospital. Donald was a talented do it yourself man, which was reflected in his immaculate home and garden. Despite an accident which led to a below knee amputation he gave a memorial address a few months later without stick or support. Despite severe pain in his later years he could often be seen charging round Epping in his motorised invalid vehicle. He leaves a wife, Jane; two daughters; a son;10 grandchildren; and three great grandchildren.

[James Thomson Harry Kopelman]

Clive Andrew Devall


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General practitioner Heswall, Wirral, 1970–99 (b Birmingham 1944;q Liverpool 1968; DObstRCOG, MRCGP), died after a short but devastating illness. He was a full time GP with no outside medical appointments and was popular with colleagues and patients. A quintessential Englishman with a dry sense of humour, he was unflappable, modest, …

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