Obituaries

John Reginald BignallArmond Lucas GwynneConstance Marjorie RidleyIan Gordon ThomsonJenny Yates (née Simmonds)

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7279.176 (Published 20 January 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:176

John Reginald Bignall


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Consultant physician Brompton Hospital, London, 1957-79, dean of the Institute of Diseases of the Chest, 1960-68, and editor of Tubercle 1956-78 (b Nottingham 1913; q London Hospital 1938; MD, FRCP), d 15 November 2000. After briefly entering general practice in Arundel, Sussex, he served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the second world war. At the Brompton, he was involved in the early trials of chemotherapy for tuberculosis and later became chairman of the Scientific Committees of the International Union Against Tuberculosis. His scientific duties led to worldwide travels and many friends in developing countries. He was awarded the Weber Parkes Prize by the Royal College of Physicians in 1975 and the Carlo Forlani Gold Medal in Rome in 1974, but despite these achievements his first love was clinical medicine. The respect in which he held the people he helped is shown in his affectionate study of the Brompton's rural outpost, Frimley. The Biography of a Sanatorium. He leaves a wife, Ruth, and four children.

[John Bignall]

Armond Lucas Gwynne


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Former principal secretary of the Medical Defence Union (b Cardiff …

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