Alexander (“Alastair”) Cameron

BMJ 2004; 328 doi: (Published 03 June 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;328:1382

Former consultant surgeon Norfolk and Norwich Hospital (b 1933; q Edinburgh 1956; ChM, FRCS Ed, FRCS), d 20 February 2004.

Alastair served as surgeon lieutenant on HMS Torquay and HMS Scarborough and was present at the nuclear tests on Christmas Island—which he held later to be responsible for his bald pate—before being appointed senior house officer at the North Middlesex Hospital in London. He became senior lecturer and honorary consultant surgeon at the Middlesex Hospital in 1970 and carried out pioneering work on fashioning the continent ileostomy. Alastair was appointed consultant surgeon at the Norfolk and Norwich Hospital in 1974, where he was its first specialist colo-proctologist. After a series of heart attacks he retired in 1988, and indulged his interests in astronomy, microscopy, modern languages, and ancient Greek. He leaves a wife, Elizabeth, and four sons.

[D N L Ralphs]

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