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John Dudley Harte

BMJ 2004; 329 doi: (Published 07 October 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:861

General practitioner Bedford 1954-79 (b 1916; q St Mary's, Paddington, 1952; FFOM RCP, FRCGP, FRIPHH), d 16 January 2004.

John Dudley Harte studied medicine after wartime service in the Royal Engineers. Before the second world war he had been an insurance claims assessor, and this gave him particular interests in occupational health and also in the relationship between law and medicine. After a number of occupational health appointments he was awarded a research grant to set up a pioneering occupational health department for staff at Bedford Hospital—the first such service, which provided a model for others in the United Kingdom. In 1960 he became an assistant deputy coroner for Bedfordshire and on retiring from general practice and his occupational health appointments he was HM coroner for Bedfordshire. He leaves a wife, Christine, and four children.

[David Harte]


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