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John Robert Hearnshaw

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 18 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a856
  1. Paul McNally,
  2. Hilary Hearnshaw

    After national service, John Robert Hearnshaw qualified at the Middlesex in 1958, with a first class BSc intercalated degree in physiology. He also served as resident medical officer at the Middlesex. He moved to Leicester in 1967 to succeed Dr Joan Walker, having learnt his diabetes as Sir John Nabarro’s registrar. Although his work covered all ages, his particular interest was always in the management of diabetes in childhood.

    John’s practice was to make a home visit on the same day as the initial phone call from the general practitioner. Thus, the whole family was involved from the start and hospital admission was usually avoided. He would comment that “the first consultation was time consuming and could not be hurried. Day 1 was of major significance and may colour the child’s and the family’s attitude towards diabetes …

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