Obituaries

Kenneth BarlowJohn Patrick Macrae BenstedJohn David Waite FisherLeslie Wallace LausteWilliam Robert MooreNigel Geoffrey NicholsonDavid Harry PickettCyril TaylorHermon TaylorJohn Edward White

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.322.7289.800 (Published 31 March 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:800

Kenneth Barlow


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Former general practitioner Coventry and director of radiology Ipswich Group of Hospitals (b 1906; q London 1935; FRCR, DMR), d 9 December 2000. After qualifying, he worked as a GP during the bombing of Coventry in the 1940s. Soon after he wrote the books The State of Public Knowledge and The Discipline of Peace, which looked at postwar reconstruction. Churchill apparently kept a copy of the latter by his bed. In 1947 Kenneth became a founder member of the Soil Association. He was passionately concerned that there should be more research into what constitutes health in its widest sense, not just into curative medicine, and it was with that aim in mind that he designed a project to rebuild a community within Coventry where research into health could be carried out in a controlled environment, with food provided by an organic farm. His first foray into publishing had been in 1930 when he contributed sociological and philosophical articles to literary journals such as T S Eliot's Criterion.

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John Patrick Macrae Bensted


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Former experimental and clinical histopathologist (b 1920; q Cambridge/Guy's 1945; MRCPath), d 8 October 2000. After house jobs, service in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and a pathology fellowship in the United States, he became lecturer in pathology at Guy's Hospital Medical School, where he was a popular teacher and developed an aptitude for experimental work. In 1957 he became a research pathologist at the Institute of Cancer Research in Sutton, where his most important work was done over the next 13 years. In those days of fall-out from nuclear testing he made some of the earliest studies of the pathology of tumours in animals exposed to bone-seeking radionuclides. In 1970 he became consultant histopathologist at St Helier Hospital, Carshalton. John was a skilful artist. He leaves a wife, …

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