Leslie Naftalin

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 09 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e911
  1. Nicholas J Naftalin,
  2. Alan A Naftalin

After qualifying as a dentist in 1937, Leslie Naftalin followed four of his brothers into medicine. Before the war he was briefly in practice in Birmingham, and after service in the Royal Army Medical Corps, he returned to Glasgow to set up practice in the deprived areas of Townhead, and later in Provanmill and Balornock. He also worked part time for many years for the Ministry of Pensions. His early recollections of general practice were of diphtheria, tuberculosis, polio, and overwhelming infection—an exposure largely lost to succeeding generations. He was a huge advocate for the NHS, which brought equality of access to health for his patients. He retired aged 75 after 41 years of practice in Glasgow, but he continued his involvement in community and charitable work till his death. He leaves a wife, Beulah; four children, two of whom are doctors; 12 grandchildren; and 26 great-grandchildren.


Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e911


  • Former general practitioner (b 1912; q Glasgow 1938), d 10 November 2011.

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