Ian Urquhart FraserBMJ 2012; 345 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e6775 (Published 18 October 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6775
- John Cherry
Ian Urquhart Fraser was born in Bangkok. Little is known of his family, although his father resided in Oban late in life. Ian undertook military service as a non-commissioned officer with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, before studying medicine. After qualifying he worked at the American Hospital in Paris in 1956-7, and then pursued surgical training, with posts at Basildon and the Royal Free hospitals.
While operating at the Royal Free, he had a myocardial infarction owing to undiagnosed essential hypertension, and he gave up his surgical ambitions and became lecturer in anatomy at Barts in 1968. It was there …