D'Almero (“Darrell”) Kok

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 28 July 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:296

Research haematologist and honorary consultant Addenbrooke's Hospital, Cambridge (b South Africa 1920; q St Bartholomew's Hospital, London, 1944: MD, FRCP), d 29 April 2005.

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D'Almero Kok, known as Darrell, began studying medicine at Witwatersrand University, South Africa, at the age of 15, moving to London as a clinical student at 18. After house jobs during the second world war he gained his MD in 1945. His national service as a Royal Army Medical Corps pathologist in Hamburg from 1946 to 1948 included carrying out autopsies for evidence for the Nuremberg trials. In 1955 he became a lecturer in medicine at Cambridge University and honorary consultant physician at Addenbrooke's. Delays in the opening of Cambridge's clinical school diverted Darrell into research on platelets and blood flow, while caring for lymphoma patients from all over East Anglia. He retired in 1987 to nurse his disabled wife, Pamela. He leaves Pamela and two sons.

[Nigel Gibbons]


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