Marshall Barr

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 21 June 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3812
  1. Tim Smith

Marshall Barr was an Australian with settled status in Britain. Born in Perth, Western Australia, he grew up in Brisbane, where his father was a general practitioner. He qualified in medicine from the University of Adelaide and for a time joined his father in general practice. He then decided on a career in anaesthesia and undertook his anaesthetic training in Perth. In 1967 he volunteered to join the Australian Medical Services in Vietnam. With the rank of temporary major he was specialist anaesthetist with the 1st Australian Field Hospital in Vung Tau for 18 months. He was in charge of all anaesthetic and resuscitation services and was there during the intense activity of the Tet offensive of February 1968. The experience of Vietnam affected him profoundly and he wrote graphically of it in his book Surgery, Sand and Saigon Tea, published in 2001.1

On leaving the army in …

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