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William Tod Thom

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 31 August 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:502

Former principal medical officer Edinburgh (b 1917; q Edinburgh 1940; OBE, FFCM, FFPHM), died from heart failure on 20 April 2006.

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Bill's war service was mainly spent in Africa and India, and after demobilisation he joined the Colonial Service and returned to Africa. He worked as a medical officer in Tanganyika, Somaliland, and latterly in Sarawak. On his return to the United Kingdom in 1964 he worked as a medical officer in Birmingham before moving back to Scotland in 1966. Bill was concerned with the medical aspects of services for elderly people and undertook pioneering work in exposing the appalling conditions in many long-stay hospitals in Scotland. He leaves a wife, Betty; two children; and three grandchildren.

[Charles Court-Brown]


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