Patricia Mary Leeson

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 15 March 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:591
  1. R M Mishra

    Members of staff may have appeared apprehensive of Patricia (“Pat”) Mary Leeson because of her expectation of the highest possible standard of care for her patients. In fact, she was respected more than feared for being what she was. It did not take much time for her to put people in their proper place. Impervious to flattery, only hard work and sincerity had any sway with her. Thus was the legend of Pat Leeson. She retired before it became flavour of the year to be known as consultant physician with an interest in the elderly. On hearing the new title, she quietly remarked with a wry smile, “The pariahs are home at last then.” Or are they? Apt and succinct, her pronunciations …

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