Thomas Snowdon BlaiklockBMJ 2001; 323 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.323.7326.1430a (Published 15 December 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:1430
Former general practitioner Morpeth, Northumberland (b 1905; q Durham 1927; MD), died from old age on 13 October 2001.
For three decades he ran a practice from the family home. This period, including the war years, when he was singlehanded, was hectic. Although he had help from his wife, Becky, a part time anaesthetist, he was on-call all the time. Despite this he believed he had lived through a golden era of medical advance. He had smelt diphtheria, had seen paralysis from polio, and had witnessed the severest cases of whooping cough, all of which disappeared with immunisation. He was awarded the bronze medal of the Royal Humane Society in 1934 for an attempted rescue of a little girl from the freezing waters of the river Wansbeck. Predeceased by his wife, he leaves four children and 14 grandchildren.