Alan Godfrey Johnson

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 25 January 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:212
  1. Malcolm W R Reed

    Professor of surgery who developed evidence based surgery and medical ethics

    Alan Johnson rose rapidly through the ranks of academic surgery to become reader in surgery at Charing Cross Hospital in 1971, a post he held until moving to the chair in surgery in Sheffield in 1979. He combined excellence in surgical skills, sharp scientific aptitude, a rigorous approach to developing evidence based surgery, and a strong interest in medical ethics. He translated these interests into a body of published work which made an important contribution to the disciplines of gastroduodenal motility, hepatobiliary and upper gastrointestinal surgery, randomised surgical trials, and medical ethics.

    In total, he edited or authored 10 textbooks, over 35 book chapters, and almost 200 original publications. Two of his books were published after his retirement, including a text on surgical palliative care, and his last book, entitled Making Sense of Medical Ethics and written jointly with his son Paul, was completed a month before his death.

    He published prospective randomised trials evaluating the role of lithotripsy in the treatment of gallstones and a trial comparing laparoscopic with mini-laparotomy cholecystectomy. The latter …

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