Reidar Melsom

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 06 January 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g38
  1. Mark Hughson

Reidar Melsom decided on medicine after observing his father’s work on leprosy in Tanzania. After a period practising paediatrics in Glasgow he too published on leprosy, following immunological studies in Ethiopia. Moving to Norway, he worked as a paediatrician with special interests in asthma and allergy, but he later returned to Britain to study neuromuscular disorders. Latterly he worked in rehabilitation, with clinical and research interests in muscular dystrophy, autism, and attention deficit disorders. Reidar, a keen sailor and skier, was enthusiastic, very independent, generous to colleagues, and adored by his patients. He diagnosed his cancer after a scan he asked for, but despite debilitating chemotherapy he fought on, running clinics until a month before he died peacefully in the presence of his three children and family.


Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g38


  • Consultant paediatrician Oslo (b 1945; q Glasgow 1970; DCH, PhD), died from metastatic pancreatic cancer on 14 January 2013.

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