Douglas Reginald Sturrock LeslieBMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7538.427-d (Published 16 February 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:427
Douglas Reginald Sturrock LeslieFormer consultant psychiatrist Glenfrith Hospital, Leicester (b 1920; q Glasgow 1950; DPH, DIH, DPM), died from colon cancer on 9 November 2005.
Douglas’s undergraduate years were interrupted by service in the RAMC in Edinburgh and the Simla Hills, India. After graduating he was among the first trainees in the new GP training scheme in Scotland followed by 14 years in practice in Langholm, Dumfriesshire, covering a large rural area, where he introduced family recording habits. Awareness of increasing deafness led him to undertake postgraduate training in Edinburgh and his first post in public health was in Leicester in 1965. Work was interesting but committees difficult with his hearing and his next move was as medical officer to the Ministry of Social Security and War Pensions in Blackpool, assessing war pensions. Lack of patient contact encouraged his return to Leicester in 1970 and to the Glenfrith Hospital. Here he was one of the early proponents of multidisciplinary work and collaboration with the local authority and voluntary services and did much with planning the new hospital and hostels for special needs. Retirement in 1987 allowed him to revisit India, travel and pursue his interest in other cultures, countries, and natural history, and to do an Open University course in third world studies, which complemented his voluntary work. He was fortunate to continue his lifelong habit of reading widely to the end. He is survived by his wife, Pat, daughters Jackie and Michele, and granddaughter Jasmin. [Agnes Hauck, Pat Leslie]
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