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Roy AstleyAlexander Young AdamJohn French BurdonMax Berthold ClyneAndrew Fraser HigginsAbraham Harold IsaacsonJames Joseph (“Seamus”) KeenanMaurice LamellJan MiedemaPhilip Henry Almroth WillcoxGinette Lesley Harrison

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7241.1079 (Published 15 April 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1079

Roy Astley


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Pioneer paediatric radiologist (b Birmingham 1920; q Birmingham 1944; FRCR, FRCPE), d 28 January 2000. He served for three years as an army radiologist with the Royal Army Medical Corps in the Middle East, and in 1948 he was appointed the first full time paediatric radiologist in Britain at the Birmingham Children's Hospital. He built up the department as a centre of excellence with an international reputation. He controlled the high quality of paediatric radiology by overseeing every x ray film before a child left the department, reporting each examination promptly, and where necessary contacting the clinican concerned without delay. In return Roy was given the freedom to carry out whatever examination was necessary to elucidate a clinical problem.

He had a methodical mind and an interest in cinephotography, and his special interests were paediatric cardiac catheterisation and cineangiocardiography. He was the first in Britain to apply image intensification to cineangiocardiography, and obtained the first cineangiocardiogram in a child in Britain in 1954 using a home made arrangement. These were pioneer days in the NHS and Roy relished them. He made many scientific presentations, contributed to numerous publications, and wrote Radiology of the Alimentary Tract in Infancy. He was a popular lecturer in Britain and overseas, received several awards from the British Institute of Radiology, and was president of the European Society of Paediatric Radiology in 1972-3. Roy was a quiet and rather shy family man, but he enjoyed the meetings of the Radiologist Visiting Club. When he retired he produced cinevideos of old Birmingham and the hospital. He leaves a wife, Joan; two daughters (one a psychiatrist); and five grandchildren.

[Kishore Shah]

Alexander Young Adam

Former general practitioner Galashiels (b 1914; q Edinburgh 1938), d 6 January 2000. Sandy enlisted in the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1942 and was sent …

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