Iain Cran McLean

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 11 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3740
  1. Greg Purdie

    After gaining a degree in embryology, Iain Cran McLean worked briefly in cancer research and then in new drug developments for Napp Laboratories. In 1982, he started his medical studies in Aberdeen, undertaking his general practice training in Dumfries. This was followed by his first partnership in Fraserburgh in 1990. He returned to practise in the south west of Scotland in 1997, becoming a partner in Whithorn.

    As well as being committed to patient care, Iain was passionate about the quality of services that general practitioners could provide in rural and remote areas. An active member of Dumfries and Galloway Local Medical Committee, he became assistant secretary. His minutes of meetings were concise and accurate. He represented the committee both at Scottish conferences and UK conferences. His special interest was in dispensing, which lead to his position on the board of the Dispensing Doctors’ Association.

    Outwith general practice, Iain had a special interest in immediate care, often meeting with like minded colleagues on cold and wet forest tracks to support local car rallies. He also actively supported his local rugby club.

    Iain met his wife, Caroline, prior to his entry into medicine, and went on to have a daughter, Eleanor, and a son, David. They were a very hospitable family: an invitation to an “at home” promised good food and excellent company, with Iain being well known for his incisive wit.

    Iain’s funeral was a testament to the esteem in which he was held by his patients, the broader community, and his colleagues in medicine.


    Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3740


    • General practitioner Whithorn, Newton Stewart, Wigtownshire (b 1954; q Aberdeen 1986; BSc (Hons), DRCOG, MRCGP), died from subarachnoid haemorrhage secondary to cerebral artery aneurysm on 21 February 2009.

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