David Lionel GullickBMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39430.761366.BE (Published 31 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:283
- John Havard
David Gullick had been head of school and captain of rugby at Taunton school before he went to Guy’s, where he played rugby to a high standard for its XV, one of the best of the well known of the teams in the hospitals cup. After joining a general practice in Stevenage, he helped to found its rugby club and qualified as a referee, after which he officiated on most Saturday afternoons during the season. But his active participation in the game that he loved so much came to a premature end in the mid-1950s, when he was stricken by rheumatoid arthritis with painful and debilitating swelling of his joints, which he bore with typical stoicism, and had to endure for the rest of his life.
In 1958, when he could no longer continue in general practice, he applied for the post of medical assistant secretary on the headquarters staff of the BMA, to which he was appointed from an exceptionally large field of more than 60 applicants. For the next 20 years he commuted almost daily to Tavistock Square, but he was never heard to complain about the discomfort that this must have caused him. David had begun to take an active interest in BMA activities as soon as he entered general practice and he was elected to several committees at both local and national levels. Between 1949 and 1958 he represented his division at every annual …