Obituaries

Peter Bertram CookMervyn Leslie HamiltonPhilip HartleySheila Mary HowarthBirendra Nath MallikMalcolm Joseph Jude PaesFrancis Tillyard PageWilliam Martin ReidJohn Chaplin SloperJoan Clarkson Stephens

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7266.964 (Published 14 October 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:964

Peter Bertram Cook


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Physician, specialist in occupational medicine, and former chief medical officer Dubai Aluminium Company (b Stratford, London, 1926; q St George's 1949; FRCP, MFOM), d 17 June 2000. After house jobs he joined the Royal Air Force and was posted to Iraq for national service, ending with the rank of squadron leader. He joined Shell and circumnavigated the globe as a ship's doctor, stopping for a year in Australia. He wrote an MD on the effects of thyrotoxicosis on bone metabolism. Peter then joined BP and travelled extensively in the Middle East where he spent most of his working life as chief medical officer in Bahrain and Dubai. He retired in 1994. He was chairman of the health committee of the International Primary Aluminium Institute and wrote the second edition of Trevethick's Occupational Health Hazards. Peter worked hard to improve the working conditions of the largely Asian workforce and was held in high esteem. He leaves a wife, Ann; a daughter (a GP) and two sons (one an orthopaedic surgeon); and three grandchildren.

[Elizabeth J Cook Robert E Cook]

Mervyn Leslie Hamilton


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Former general practitioner Cardiff (b1924; q Cambridge/The London 1950), d 2 June 2000. During the second world war Leslie was so horrified to hear of the atrocities in Germany that he broke off his medical studies and went to Bergen Belsen to help tend the survivors. When he graduated he set up a singlehanded practice in Merthyr and in the mid-1960s set up practice in the Ely part of Cardiff. Here his interest in sports medicine started and in 1965 he became honorary medical officer to Cardiff City Football Club. He served the club for 35 years and was honorary medical consultant at the time of his death. When he travelled to a European Cup game in Moscow he smuggled …

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