Gwenda Delany

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 04 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1098

General practitioner Reading (b 1948; q 1973), died from metastatic breast cancer on 17 March 2006.

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A doctor in spite of herself, Gwenda found many aspects of medicine hard and frightening. Gradually as a GP she began to learn that medicine also gives its practitioners every bit as much as it takes; and that, like life, it can never be brought under control, but can be enjoyed for its impossibility. Her abiding interests in general practice were the child-hood origins of mental suffering, and the powerful light cast upon it by adult “heart-sink” behaviour. While she saw this as her real contribution to her patients, she went on ticking just enough boxes to observe the proprieties. In her other life she loved her friends, the arts, Europe, and summer.

[Gwenda Delany]

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