John Bryan McFarland

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 06 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:f7522
  1. John Temple

John Bryan McFarland, a well known and much respected Liverpool surgeon, has died aged 83 in Majorca, where he retired some 22 years ago. He went to school at Trearddur House, in Anglesey, and then Shrewsbury. Like his father Bryan, a professor of orthopaedics in Liverpool, he spent his professional life working as a surgeon in the city of his birth. He had two younger brothers, one of whom died tragically early and this left deep scar on John throughout his life.

After preregistration appointments in Liverpool and Edinburgh, he did his national service in the Royal Army Medical Corps, serving principally in Kenya at the time of the “troubles,” where, perhaps interestingly, he worked mainly as an anaesthetist.

After his early training as a surgeon in Liverpool, he then spent some time as a research fellow in America, this endeavour culminating in the award of an …

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