Bertram John BickfordThurstan BrewinNeil Geddes Clarkson HendryBarclay Renfrew HillisMargaret Brown Keeble (née Morton)James Corson LeesShibtosh RoyAnna Violet Seager (née Thompson)Kenneth SouthgateDerek WilsonBMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7308.344 (Published 11 August 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:344
Bertram John Bickford
Former consultant surgeon Liverpool (b Devon 1913; q Barts 1936; FRCS), died from septicaemia and chronic cardiac failure on 26 April 2001. As a resident he married in secret—residents were forbidden to get married at that time. As a volunteer for the Royal Air Force, he developed improved mountain rescue methods and in Northern Ireland researched prepacked rations for the flying boats, negating the need for vegetable sacks and a Primus stove on board. In 1946 he joined the surgical unit at Broadgreen Hospital and was involved in early thoracic surgery, mainly for tuberculosis. At the Royal Liverpool Children's Hospital, he was part of pioneering surgical work for congenital heart disease. He was renowned for his thoracotomy scars—a private patient once chose him after a seeing a fine example on the beach. On retirement he moved to North Wales and immersed himself in village life, music societies, the theatre, and his family. In 1997 he had an aortic valve replacement and bypass surgery complicated by bacterial endocarditis, from which he never really made a full recovery. He leaves a wife, Honor; four children; and nine grandchildren.
Former consultant the Institute of Radiotherapy and Oncology, Glasgow (b 1921; q Guy's 1949; FRCP, FRCR), d 25 February 2001. Despite losing a leg in the war, he was famed for his high speed descent of five flights of stairs at Guy's as a houseman. Thurstan was fascinated by alcohol intolerance and altered taste in cancer patients. He demonstrated that several types of alcohol intolerance, including pain, are quite common and that women with cancer experience sometimes the same appetite and taste alterations they had years earlier when pregnant. He published extensively also on clinical management philosophy, relationships between patients and their relatives and doctors, ethics, consent, clinical trials, and fringe medicine. …
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