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Ernest Want

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 03 January 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:51
  1. Christopher Kul-Want

    Dr Ernest Want passed away at Park House care home, Bulwell, Nottingham, on 5 September, aged 94. As well as being in medical practice for 49 years, he was an inspired and influential reformer of Nottingham’s services between 1954 and 1971, when he served on the city council.

    Dr Want’s life was an extraordinary tale of initial vicissitude and subsequent achievement and success following immigration to this country from India in the 1920s. He was born in Mirpur in Kashmir in 1913 of Hindu family. His mother died shortly after his birth, and from an early age he boarded at the Guru-Kul school, a centre of Hindi training, in the religious town of Haridwar on the Ganges, northern India. The Guru-Kul school provided an education for the Brahmin caste in sanskrit and the sciences. Although this education was very privileged, he referred to it as an …

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