Gabriela Tobias

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 24 February 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b599
  1. Clare Highton, general practitioner
  1. 1London

    East London general practitioner who set up the first victims’ helpline

    Gabriela (Gaby) Tobias was a passionate general practitioner and medical leader, inspirational to patients and colleagues alike. She was one of a group of young doctors in the 1970s who chose to work as general practitioners in the east end of London. They were convinced that general practice, with its emphasis on continuity in patient care, offered the best opportunity to practise holistic medicine, and were determined to work in a deprived community to make a lasting difference to people’s lives.

    Rape victims’ suite

    Her earliest endeavour outside general practice was single handedly setting up the Victims’ Help Line in 1987, a new form of support for vulnerable patients who were victims of burglary, assault, or other crimes. She later advised the police about both this and also the establishment of a suite for victims of rape at the Royal London Hospital, and she went on to become one of the founding group of doctors on call.

    Gaby had always wanted to be a general practitioner. She was the first student from a brand new …

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