Alastair Michael Douglas Porter

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 11 July 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f3979
  1. Family and friends of Mike Porter

The improvement of medical practice was such an important mission in the life of Alastair Michael Douglas Porter (“Mike”) that he spent his entire career in the supportive environment of the University of Edinburgh in pursuit of his goal. Mike was passionately committed to broadening the learning of medical students to include not just the ‘biomedical’ paradigm but the economic, social, political and psychological factors that affect people’s health and ill health. Even more important were the years that Mike spent ensuring this teaching element became a respected and integrated part of the medical curriculum.

Mike was one of three children born to Grace and Keith Porter. He remained close to and fond of his brother John and his sister Juliet and their families. They were brought up as a religious family and, although Mike eventually moved away from religion, he maintained a powerful moral dimension allied to a calm rationality throughout his life. He was educated at Bradfield College in Reading and, after a period of voluntary service working with children with physical disabilities, he went on to …

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