Obituaries

Kenneth McIntyre MacLeod

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b5676 (Published 31 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b5676
  1. Brian J Kirby

    Dr Ken MacLeod died suddenly on 11 July while playing tennis with friends. He was aware that he had hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. Ken was one of Britain’s leading experts in diabetes and a leader in medical education.

    Research into hypoglycaemia was one of his central interests, though his boundless energy led him into many other areas, as well as seeking improvements in all aspects of diabetes from care for individual patients to finding ways to improve services for everyone with the condition. A good illustration of his ability to combine research with service development was in his recently published work showing that diabetic patients were no more dangerous car drivers than the rest of us. Recognition of his work in health service provision came by appointments to committees of the Departments of Health and Transport concerned nationally with improvements for diabetic patients.

    His other major contribution was in medical education. He felt passionately about the need to preserve the traditional teaching of clinical skills but in combination with modern developments in medical education. Once more, this …

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