David Wilson Barron

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 17 October 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6307
  1. Gerald Black

David Wilson Barron’s main clinical interest was the care of patients requiring major surgery, and he gave many years of devoted service to the orthopaedic centre at Musgrave Park Hospital, where he established efficient preoperative assessment and high dependency units. He greatly improved anaesthetic practice through his use of epidural and intrathecal opiates, inspiring others and encouraging the widespread adoption of these techniques. His textbook Anaesthesia and Related Subjects in Orthopaedic Surgery is a practical guide to the management of orthopaedic patients and was well received.[1] Always interested in new intravenous anaesthetic agents, he published several papers on the clinical pharmacology of the barbiturates. Colleagues held him in high esteem, and his unassuming manner, warm personality, and quick wit ensured his popularity. He was a keen golfer and a knowledgeable gardener, and he had a close, lifelong relationship with his church, where he was a leading member of the choir and the drama group. He leaves his wife, Marion; two sons; two daughters; and 12 grandchildren.


Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6307


  • Former consultant anaesthetist Musgrave Park and Royal Victoria Hospitals, Belfast (b 1925; q Belfast 1948; MD, PhD, FFARCS), d 13 June 2012.


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