Ian Michael Bowles

BMJ 2007; 335 doi: (Published 02 August 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:265
  1. David Healey

    We might be forgiven, hopefully by Ian, for remembering Ian as something of an alchemist. His verbal kinetics were equivalent to the alchemist's ingenuity of mixing impure elements to make gold. Whether patient or colleague, you left his consulting room enriched by him but unsure how it happened.

    As a partner in his practice, I often left somewhat annoyed and forgetting the reason I went to see him in the first place. However, the challenging nature of his knowledge buzzed in my ears and somehow I retained some of it. He was a natural born teacher without adhering to any modern curriculum.

    Ian worked at Framfield House Surgery, Woodbridge, for 30 years until his retirement aged 60. He not only provided the very best quality of care for his patients but resisted the damaging and politically motivated changes which have so plagued the profession in recent decades. He was never shy to present his views at meetings, often seeming to take them over. He read and studied the journals with more alacrity and thoroughness than most general practitioners. In 1999 he was made a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians.

    Ian's independence of mind and acute observation …

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