Obituaries

Minnie AtkinHerbert Nevile BurwellGeorge William CsonkaThomas Plunkett FearisSarah Maxine Crosby FraserPaula Jane Hampton GoslingFarooq HussainRowland Bevan JonesRees Daniel Sidney Rhys-LewisJohn Christopher Wagner

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7258.454 (Published 12 August 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:454

Minnie Atkin


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Former community medicine specialist Argyll and Clyde Health Board (b London 1913; q King's College 1935; DPH, MFCM), d 25 April 2000. Despite her diminutive stature, her energy and enthusiasm were infectious and ensured the cooperation and respect of her colleagues, whatever their discipline. In 1946 she was appointed assistant medical officer of health to Greenock, becoming deputy medical officer in 1971. She blossomed with the NHS reorganisation of 1974 and was a vital member of the Argyll and Clyde community medical specialists. The climax of her career was the commissioning of Inverclyde Royal Hospital, which opened in 1979, and she continued beyond retirement age to see the hospital running smoothly. After retirement she enjoyed travel and dancing with her husband, and more recently learnt Hebrew. Minnie brought a light touch and fun to our specialty (not forgetting her homemade wine). Her husband, Isaac, predeceased her.

[Esther Atkin, John Bryden, Tina Marr]

Herbert Nevile Burwell

Former consultant orthopaedic surgeon Dewsbury and District Group of Hospitals, 1955–80 (b Leeds 1920; q Leeds 1943; MD, FRCS), died from prostate cancer on 22 May 2000. After junior posts in Leeds and a lectureship in orthopaedics Nevile moved to the Dewsbury area, where he was sole orthopaedic surgeon for many years. Here he developed his interest in fracture treatment and pioneered methods of rigid fixation and early mobilisation. This earned him an international reputation and led to many published articles. He was a fellow of the British Orthopaedic Association and an active member of the Holdsworth Orthopaedic Club. He was a member of the Leeds Medical Appeals Tribunal for 18 years and had a large medicolegal practice, which he continued after he retired. A man of great intellect with a wry sense of humour, he had many interests, including photography, which he used to produce his own …

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