Obituaries

Jonathan Pritchard

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39288.656227.BE (Published 02 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:264
  1. Alan Craft

    Pioneer in treating childhood cancer

    Following house jobs at St Thomas's, Jon Pritchard developed his interest in paediatrics and trained at Alder Hey Children's Hospital and in Boston, leading to a consultant appointment at Great Ormond Street Hospital in 1977. Paediatric oncology was a rapidly emerging specialty and he was a founder member of the newly formed United Kingdom Children's Cancer Study Group. He had a particular interest in kidney and liver tumours, as well as being a leading expert in Langerhans cell histiocytosis, founding the Histiocyte Society. He was always willing to challenge perceived wisdom. He felt passionately about his patients and would never allow them to give up hope that a new treatment might help. However, he always counselled them not to seek expensive treatments abroad and would …

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