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I noted with regret the death and consequent obituary of Dr Stuart F.
Wood as reported in the BMJ of 15th April (p918). In no way would I wish
to denigrate Stuart. However I took note that it was mentioned in the
article, that he was awarded an MD for research in General Practice and
that this was the first in 'modern times'.
'When is 'modern?', is I suppose, a fair question.
However I would draw to your attention that in 1966, my then senior
partner Dr David Primrose was awarded a MD by Glasgow University for
research he had carried out from General Practice, into Mental Deficiency.
David was immediately offered a Consultant post in Psychiatry and left
General Practice for good. Our friendship continues, but quite
unexpectedly, I had to take over as Senior Partner.
Already furnished with Accountancy qualifications, a Legal Degree and
an effective experience of General Practice, David was uniquely fitted to
take over the Superintendantship of a large Mental Deficiency Hospital,
where he did sterling work.