Peter John DennisBMJ 2008; 337 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.a2442 (Published 07 November 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a2442
- Kate Harvie
Both of Peter John Dennis’s parents were general practitioners in a Yorkshire pit village. It was a poor community, and he remembered his parents delightedly tearing up hundreds of pounds worth of bills at the onset of the NHS in 1948.
At university he excelled academically and at sport, captaining both the cricket and squash teams, and he won the gold medal for medicine in his final year. He was offered a job to train as a physician with Professor Sir Iain Hill, but instead opted for general practice.
Peter was a gentle and unassuming man who regarded mending old ladies’ lavatories as an occasional part of the job. He was known to have played the piano for a patient for whom medication was no longer appropriate but who still tried to play the cello and would give Peter a new piece to learn after each visit.
Unfortunately he was forced to take early retirement owing to ill health. Tullio’s phenomenon blighted his later years and curtailed his music, which was his main hobby. He was unable to blow his clarinet because this induced vertigo, so changed to the bassoon, but sadly was forced to stop this as well.
He leaves a wife, Dorothy, also a general practitioner; four children, of whom two are doctors; and 11 grandchildren.
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Former general practitioner Skipton, North Yorkshire (b 1931; q St Andrews 1956), died from acute renal failure as a complication of prostate cancer on 9 October 2008.