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Patrick Forsyth Aitken CrawshawStephen Bernard DaviesEdward Millar DimockHugh Lewis EllisMuriel Frances Mary EvansMichael FeiwelIan Charles FraserLuigi GonsagaWilfred Brian GoughPeter Michael KingWilfred Oakley Nowlan

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 11 September 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:713

Patrick Forsyth Aitken Crawshaw

Former general practitioner Crondall, near Farnham, Surrey (b Wiltshire 1920; q Cambridge/Guy's 1952; DObstRCOG), died from progressive supranuclear palsy on 21 June 1998. Patrick volunteered in 1939, joining the Royal Engineers, and was captured in 1942 at the fall of Singapore. He was interned in Changi and Formosa and then on the Japanese mainland, where he managed to obtain a copy of Gray's Anatomy. His experiences undoubtedly served as a catalyst for his change from engineering to medicine. When he entered general practice he was not short of innovative ideas, and I think that he was one of the first GPs to offer vasectomies in primary care. He practised simple myringotomy for acute otitis media in children and it is a measure of his powers that he could carry this out without a whimper from his patients. He was an expert in hypnotism and used it with great success, especially in obstetrics. He used it on my wife in the days of home deliveries. He retired in 1980. He leaves four children.

[Roland Aubrey]

Stephen Bernard Davies

Consultant ophthalmologist Royal Halifax Infirmary, 1967-90 (b Bargoed, south Wales, 1925; q Edinburgh 1947; DO, FRCOphth), died from pneumonia secondary to a neck injury after a fall on 14 June 1999. He did his national service in Germany in the Royal Army Medical Corps, and then worked in several specialties before moving into ophthalmology in Sunderland, Liverpool, and then Halifax. He was interested mainly in cataract surgery, the conservative management of glaucoma, and in neuro-ophthalmology. My father was quiet and courteous and renowned for his dry sense of humour. He devoted a large part of his retirement rebuilding the family home at Ogmore by Sea, thereby completing a plan of my grandfather. He lived to see the new building but not to enjoy its benefits. …

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