James Alexander (“Hamish”) ChalmersNorman CreightonThomas Hugh EnglishRoger Philip GoldingJohn Richard HewettArthur Richard (“Dick”) KittermasterAnthony Robert LyonsDominic William Andrew McCreadieRosalie Ada Helen PaulAnthony Ferrier Stallard

BMJ 1998; 317 doi: (Published 10 October 1998) Cite this as: BMJ 1998;317:1019

James Alexander (“Hamish”) Chalmers

Consultant obstetrician Worcester 1951-77 (b Inverness 1912; q Edinburgh 1934; MD, FRCOG), d 1 August 1998. After spending the second world war as a medical officer with coastal command he returned to Inverness as a consultant in 1946 and then moved to Worcester to set up the Dame Hilda Lloyd maternity department. Hamish introduced the obstetric vacuum extractor (ventouse) into British practice. His interest in the instrument extended to a world wide trawl of activities and publications, which led to the publication of an acclaimed monograph, The Ventouse. His enthusiasm led to numerous trips abroad—for example, to see Finderle in Yugoslavia, who had invented his own vacuum extractor in 1952, and later he developed a lasting friendship with Tage Malmström, whose instrument became more widely adopted. The final vindication of his life's work came from the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, which has recommended the vacuum extractor as the instrument of first choice for operative vaginal delivery. His student memories of traumatic labours remained real; he once saw a woman die after 17 different applications of forceps. His legacy includes generations of grateful registrars who benefited from his direct supervision. Hamish was proud of his son Iain's work in establishing the National Perinatal Epidemiology Unit in Oxford. Predeceased by his wife, Lois, he leaves two sons; a daughter; and four grandchildren.

[Richard Johanson ]

Norman Creighton

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General practitioner Buckinghamshire (b Harefield 1913; q Guy's 1936), died from prostatic carcinoma on 9 July 1998. After qualifying “when there were only three cures:quinine for malaria, vitamin C for scurvy, and mercury for syphilis,” Norman set up in general practice in Gerrards Cross. It was thought initially that he would not succeed as he was told that his Talbot 9 resembled a sardine tin and he really ought to wear a hat. In …

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