Martin Douglas Humby

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 12 June 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1383
  1. Rosalind Humby

    Martin Humby left school at 16 without qualifications but gained O and A levels at evening classes while working as a theatre technician at Southampton General Hospital, where he developed his passion for surgery. Qualifying from University College Hospital, London, he did his registration and surgical training at Southampton General and Bournemouth.

    Being older than his contemporaries, he initially elected to do general practice in Lyndhurst, passing his FRCS during his trainee year. He subsequently enjoyed combining general practice with a lectureship in general surgery and urology at Southampton General Hospital. Finally, he was appointed as full time surgical associate at Lymington in 1994, where his skills in general surgery, urology, orthopaedics, dermatology, and grafting were a major asset to this small community hospital. He loved teaching his young staff, and never lost his compassion for and fascination in his patients, even during his long illness. He adored sailing, racing his own X One Design yacht, played enthusiastic percussion in a local swing band, and brought the surgical touch to his craft in woodwork. He leaves a wife, Rosalind, and three daughters, one of whom is a general practitioner in Bristol.


    • Associate specialist (surgery) Lymington Hospital, New Forest (b 1939; q University College Hospital, London, 1971; FRCS 1979), died from multiple myeloma on 18 May 2007.

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