Gordon John Ker

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 14 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:395
  1. Alison Ker

    Gordon John Ker and his brother, Norman, were senior partners for many years of the Ker Practice, also known as the Gorbals Health Centre. Gordon was a general practitioner for 45 years and was made a fellow of the BMA in 1983. He served on many committees and executive committees, including the Glasgow division of the BMA, the Scottish General Medical Services Committee, and the local medical committee, where he was a member from 1964 to 1980. He also worked in accident and emergency at the Victoria Infirmary (where he met his wife, Betty, who was a nurse). He was the doctor for Marks and Spencer on Argyle Street—a position he held for 29 years. He also contributed to the setting up of the Emergency Treatment Service.

    He was a great advocate for the use of hypnotherapy as an adjunct to patient care in medicine and dentistry and for over quarter of a century he was a prominent figure in both the national British Society of Medical and Dental Hypnosis (BSMDH), of which he was a founder fellow and president, and also the BSMDH (Scotland), which later became a separate entity of which he was honorary treasurer and the first fellow. During the early years when there was a great deal of interest in the subject of hypnosis, he and others were instrumental in helping to establish the acceptability of hypnotherapy as a therapeutic tool; its credibility was secured when the Royal Society of Medicine formed a Section of Hypnosis and Psychosomatic Medicine in 1978.

    He leaves five children and five grandchildren.


    • Former general practitioner Glasgow (b 1921; q Glasgow 1944; MRCGP), died from metastatic prostate cancer on 25 August 2007.

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