Peter F KnightBMJ 2015; 351 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h4906 (Published 14 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4906
- Averil Mansfield
Peter F Knight was born in Kensington. He went to Merchant Taylors’ School in Northwood (White House) from 1944 to 1949 and then to Westminster Medical School. While at school he developed his sporting interests, which were to continue for most of his life. At school he achieved victor ludorum three years in succession. At medical school he fitted in both rugby and sailing.
A general practitioner friend of his father’s who had a link to Sir Ivan Magill introduced him to the world of anaesthetics while he was still a medical student. By the time Peter qualified, he had already assisted with some 400 procedures requiring anaesthesia.
This huge experience would have stood him in good stead when, soon after qualification and starting his national service, he found himself in Malta and Benghazi, where he was the sole anaesthetist, learning to cope, as many had to do, with a book in one hand and the patient …