Mark Fernell

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: (Published 21 July 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:239

General practitioner Birmingham (b 1954; q Liverpool 1977), died from a brain tumour on 18 June 2005.

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Mark went into general practice soon after qualifying, building up his surgery from its humble origins in a semi-detached house. His medical knowledge was immense, and colleagues would refer to this intelligence as the “size of the planet Jupiter.” He had a dis-dain for people and bureaucracy that interfered with his ability to deliver optimal care. Before cholesterol lowering drugs had become the accepted treatments that they are now, he was investigated by Whitehall officials for his excessive spending on such drugs. Time has vindicated him. Mark would routinely turn up at work in shorts and sandals, even in winter. He leaves a wife, Jacqui, and three children.

[Andrew Wijnberg]


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