John Stewart Boyd

BMJ 2002; 325 doi: (Published 14 December 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;325:1424

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Former county surgeon Downe Hospital, Downpatrick (b Carnmoney 1917; q Queen's University, Belfast, 1941; OBE, FRCS), d 31 July 2002.

Johnny worked in Downpatrick for more than 30 years. He was a pioneer of hip replacement operations. Rather unusually for a surgeon, he was made a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Transport. In the 1960s he and his friend the engineer Rex McCandless (who invented the Autogyro one-man helicopter of James Bond fame) designed and constructed an ambulance for coronary and trauma patients. During the second world war he was medical officer with 618 Special Mosquito Squadron, whose pilots were trained to use Barnes Wallis “bouncing bombs” against Japanese battleships. Predeceased by his wife, Kathleen, he leaves two daughters and two grandchildren.

[Lawrence Erskine]


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