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John Luscombe Tester

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 29 June 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:48

Former medical missionary Nazareth, Israel, and member of the Scottish Health Advisory Board (b 1920; q Royal London Hospital 1950; OBE), died from a ruptured aortic aneurysm on 1 February 2006.

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John Tester was a meteorologist stationed in Palestine during the second world war. On his first visit to the Edinburgh Medical Missionary Society's hospital in Nazareth, the medical superintendent thanked him for his help with a patient with the prophetic words: “From now on you are on the staff of this hospital.” After house jobs John returned to Nazareth in 1952, being superintendent from 1957 to 1969. In 1969 he became home director of the Edinburgh Medical Missionary Society but was soon recruited to the newly formed Scottish Health Advisory Board, where he served until retirement. He leaves a wife, Odette; three daughters; and seven grandchildren.

[Fred Holmes]


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