Paul R KettleBMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h2606 (Published 13 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2606
- C J Kettle
Paul Kettle was born in Weston-super-Mare, where his father, Austin B Kettle, worked as a consultant physician. He studied medicine at St John’s College, Cambridge, and completed his clinical training (as had his father before him) at Guy’s Hospital in London. He also completed an optional integrated training and assessment programme to become a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP).
He met his wife to be, Sue (a midwife), while working in obstetrics at St Paul’s Hospital and in paediatrics at Battledown Hospital, both in Cheltenham. They were married at Prestbury in 1977. In 1978 he joined Yorkleigh Surgery in Cheltenham, where he practised for 21 years. Doctors at the practice were also on call as police surgeons.
In 1991 Paul was diagnosed with the rare autoimmune disease myasthenia gravis. After a year off he returned to work, managing to lead a relatively normal life through sheer determination. His poor health was increasingly compounded by …