David TidmarshBMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39343.690532.BE (Published 27 September 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:675
- Henry R Rollin
David Tidmarsh was born on 29 December 1932 in Orpington, Kent, into a prosperous middle class family. Early on he showed clear evidence of his superior intelligence by winning scholarships from his preparatory school to Oundle Public School and then to Christ's College, Cambridge.
At Cambridge he read medicine, completing his clinical studies at Barts: he graduated MB BChir in 1958. The necessary house jobs he did at hospitals in Norwich and Maidenhead, during which time he met and married Marlen, a physiotherapist. His mandatory national service was in Malaya in the Royal Army Medical Corps. He was demobbed in 1961 with the rank of captain.
Back in civvy street, David found himself jobless and strapped for money. It was then, driven more by expediency than inclination, that he applied for …