Obituaries

ObituariesAngus Graham BirdJames GillanGeorge Kenneth GrahamDonald Sinclair LyonCharles Trent

BMJ 2000; 320 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.320.7249.1606 (Published 10 June 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;320:1606

Angus Graham Bird


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Consultant immunologist Leicester (b 1950; q Oxford 1974; FRCP, FRCPath), died from a glioblastoma on 14 January 2000. Graham played a major part in the immunology community, and he gradually rose to international recognition through consultant posts in Newcastle, Edinburgh, Oxford, and Leicester. He recognised that clinical immunologists had to be actively involved in patient care, in diagnostic laboratories, and in research, and above all had to communicate effectively. In the last year of his life he wrote papers on subjects as diverse as mandatory drugs testing in prisons and the prevalence of coeliac disease in the community. He was a member of the Medical Research Council's Gulf War Advisory Group, developed regional immunology services, and was a popular teacher. He did all this while managing patients with primary and secondary immunodeficiencies and allergy. Graham saw his job as a fusion of the medical and political, and he was an active lobbyist for better specialist training and for improved treatment of drug using prisoners. His egalitarianism meant, however, that he …

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