Obituaries

Frederic Basil Stileman BarkworthPaul Brian CounsellSamuel Wolfe HirschmannMohammed Shahbaaz KhanRobert Kenneth McAllLeslie Alexander McDowellGeorge Hay MarshallWalter John MurfinBruce Drummond TaylorScott Nigel John Wilson

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7312.577 (Published 08 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:577

Frederic Basil Stileman Barkworth


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General practitioner Eastbourne 1948-82 (b 1922; q Guy's 1945), d 3 July 2001. He was resident medical officer at the Mildmay Mission Hospital in east London. He served in the Royal Army Medical Corps as graded radiologist, mainly in Palestine and North Africa, and began in general practice just before the start of the NHS. He was sustained by a deep seated Christian faith, and played a major part in the development of the Baptist denomination locally. After retirement he continued to support the church and pursue hobbies such as photography. He was also a part time lecturer in the medical aspects of retirement. He leaves a wife, Beryl; three sons; and six grandchildren.

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Paul Brian Counsell


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Retired consultant surgeon Bermuda (b London 1917; q Guy's 1942; ChM, FRCS), d 20 July 2001. He moved to Bermuda as consultant surgeon in 1958 and for several years he was the only general surgeon there. Being isolated in Bermuda meant general surgery in the widest sense—abdominal surgery, orthopaedics, genitourinary surgery, and an occasional Caesarean section or hysterectomy when requested by a GP obstetrician, or a craniotomy for a head injury arising from a traffic collision. Brian was a meticulous surgeon with beautiful surgical technique, unhurried and unflappable, but with no wasted time or effort. He had good communication skills, would always send a note (however brief) to the referring GP, and would phone the GP and the patient's relative when he left the theatre. He enjoyed teaching and kept his assistants on their toes by asking them questions while he demonstrated the anatomy. He had a keen sense of humour and made a wonderful companion at dinner. He enjoyed tennis and had the privilege of playing on court number one at Wimbledon with some members of the All England Tennis Club. …

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