John Mark Gibson

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 01 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d690
  1. Trevor Julian

John Mark Gibson (“Mark”) was an exceptionally talented and modest neurologist who devoted his working life to the study and treatment of movement disorders and Parkinson’s disease in particular. He was medical adviser to the Parkinson’s Disease Association and, together with his wife, Frances, a speech therapist, he freely gave his time and expertise to the clinical and pastoral care of patients with Parkinson’s disease throughout the UK and Ireland.

Mark was brought up in Belfast, where his father was professor of mental health at Queen’s University. He was a pupil at the Royal Belfast Academical Institution, better known as “Inst.” Here he flourished academically and musically and was a member of both the City of Belfast and Northern Ireland youth orchestras. It was at orchestra practice that he met his future wife, Frances, who shared his love of the double bass.

Mark studied medicine at Trinity College Dublin. After house jobs in …

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