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Paul Hex Venn

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 08 May 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:1077
  1. John Surtees,
  2. Peter Nash,
  3. Bill Watson,
  4. Brian Steer

Born at Clifton, near Bristol, into a farming family, Paul Hex Venn always had an ambition to be an engineer, but his Australian mother wanted him to train to be a doctor so he said, “I will, but after I qualify I will be an engineer.” While continuing his postgraduate training in London he met the noted anaesthetist Harry Middleton, who encouraged him to take up anaesthesia, where he discovered a love of anaesthetic techniques.

He had a …

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