Obituaries

Douglas Stewart Robbie

BMJ 2016; 355 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.i6276 (Published 25 November 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;355:i6276
  1. Neil Robbie

Douglas Stewart Robbie was born to Margaret and George Robbie, brother of Glen and Yvonne. He was raised in Aberdeen and was joint dux at Aberdeen Grammar School in 1948. Although he was offered a scholarship to Fettes College in Edinburgh, his parents preferred the local school, from where he progressed to Aberdeen University to study medicine and qualified with commendation. He married Terry, whom he had met in Aberdeen, in 1956. From his houseman post at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, where he worked in wards 2 and 9, he went south to Hampshire to join the Royal Army Medical Corps, from 1955 to 1957. At Crookham he was a captain under the notorious Colonel Benson (“there is BULL and there is BULL!”). While stationed there he was asked to parachute into Suez, and nearly did so, but was somewhat grateful to be relieved of this duty when somebody else keenly requested to take his place. While at Crookham he read a lot on the theory of anaesthesia, in preparation for his job as senior house officer at the Westminster and Brompton hospitals in London, where he subsequently was registrar and senior registrar. After conducting some important research on profound hypothermia, and on completion of his FFARCS, …

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