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Thomas Cyril Noble

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 02 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a331
  1. Alan Craft

    “Dr Cyril Noble, a gentle pipe-puffing paediatrician” was how Thomas Cyril Noble was described in the local papers when he retired from the Newcastle General Hospital in 1982.

    Cyril Noble was a caring and inspiring doctor, much loved by his patients, their parents and his professional colleagues.

    A few years ago I was asked by a medical journal to answer a few questions about my own career. I was asked who had provided the greatest influence on my career as a doctor. I was able to say without hesitation that there were two doctors who had inspired me most. One was Tommie Studdert, a wonderful old-fashioned physician from Carlisle who really switched me on to clinical medicine as a final year student, and the other was Cyril, who showed me what being a good doctor was all about.

    The basic facts of his medical career are straightforward. He qualified in Edinburgh in 1944, decided to specialise in paediatrics, and became a registrar at Newcastle General Hospital. He was appointed to a consultant post at Sunderland at the very early age of 29 at a time when the NHS had decreed that the starting age for consultants was to be 31. I remember him telling me how miffed he was to be given minus two increments to start with. He survived his time working with John Heycock and while there wrote …

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