Keith Ball

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 21 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:452
  1. Bryan Kirby,
  2. Caroline Richmond

Cofounder of Action on Smoking and Health and the Coronary Prevention Group

A lifelong opponent of the tobacco industry, Keith Ball cofounded Action on Smoking and Health and the Coronary Prevention Group. He was awarded an OBE in 1985 for this work. He also brought preventive medicine to Ladakh, a remote area of northern India.

The son of a dentist, he was educated at Bishop’s Stortford School and the Middlesex Hospital Medical School. He held house appointments there before becoming a medical registrar at Stoke Mandeville Hospital. Having been rejected for war service because he had tuberculosis, he became senior registrar in medicine at the Middlesex Hospital during the Blitz.

In 1946 he was keen to help the war effort and volunteered for UNRRA, the United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Authority. After expert briefings, he worked for …

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