John McKessar Duncan

BMJ 2016; 354 doi: (Published 05 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;354:i4261
  1. Catherine Hamersley

Starting his medical career during the blitz in Birmingham, John McKessar Duncan joined the team led by Archibald McIndoe at the Queen Victoria Hospital in East Grinstead. He specialised in treating hand contractures. His research for the Medical Research Council into preventing infection from burn injuries played its part in this pioneering work.

In 1947 he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps as surgeon aboard HMHS Oxfordshire, treating injured servicemen and refugees from Nagasaki.

On returning to Birmingham, he worked at Birmingham Accident, General, Children’s, and Queen Elizabeth hospitals, as well as the Royal Hospital, Wolverhampton. He also lectured in anatomy at the medical school. In 1958 he became consultant surgeon at Dudley Guest and Corbett Hospital, Stourbridge, where he stayed until his retirement.

John’s outside interests were golf, cultivating his garden, vineyard, and friendships.

Betty, his dearly beloved wife of 57 years, died in 2000. Predeceased by a son on 2014 he leaves a daughter, three grandchildren, and seven grandchildren.

Retired consultant surgeon (b 1919; q Birmingham 1941; FRCS), died at home from infirmity on 26 January 2016.

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