Obituaries

Connor Edward Morris

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4619 (Published 03 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4619
  1. Derek Summerfield

Like his father, Charles, who lectured for many years at the Royal College of Surgeons, Connor Edward Morris (“Ed”) was a Barts man. He went from house jobs on to the GP rotational scheme at the Royal Free Hospital and got his MRCGP. In 1984 he moved to Witney, Oxfordshire, to take up a post at the Nuffield Health Centre, where he remained for the rest of his career, latterly as senior partner. Ed’s reputation was as a committed and compassionate doctor. During his memorial service in St Mary’s Church, Witney, conducted by the Bishop of Reading, former patients or their family members stood up spontaneously across the church to testify to the quality of attention and care he had afforded them across three decades.

Trying to summarise Ed’s contribution over these 30 years puts me in mind of John Berger’s classic 1960s study of a west country GP, The Fortunate Man. Berger asked what was the social value of a pain eased, or of the witness that a GP offered families and individuals across time, across life events. He concluded that society did not …

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