Ian Kirkland HartBMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b1465 (Published 20 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1465
- Nicholas Fletcher
Ian Kirkland Hart was an eminent consultant neurologist at the Walton Centre for Neurology and Neurosurgery in Liverpool. He had many professional achievements in a distinguished but tragically short professional career. Ian was born in Cathcart, Glasgow, was educated at Claremont High School, and attended the University of Glasgow to read medicine. Like many academically inclined and able students, he took an extra year to read for a BSc in physiology—awarded in 1981. During this time he published three papers on neurological reflexes and blood pressure control. Ian was awarded a Scottish Home and Health Department scholarship and also a Carnegie Foundation undergraduate scholarship in 1982 before he qualified with a commendation in 1983.
Ian’s clinical ability was noted early in his career when he was appointed to house officer and senior house officer posts in the University Department of Medicine in Glasgow, where he worked for two successive regius professors of medicine, Sir Abraham Goldberg and Professor John Reid, from 1983 to 1986. Ian’s next appointment was as registrar in neurology at the Institute of Neurological Sciences, Southern General Hospital, Glasgow, from 1986 to 1987. During this time he published 10 clinical papers on various aspects of clinical neurology (Guillain-Barré syndrome, CNS infections, motor neurone disease, complications of lumbar puncture, and—significantly—an early paper on cancer and the nervous system). He then moved to London as a Medical Research Council research fellow at University College London, working on brain cell development with Professor M Raff. Here Ian learned the specialised research laboratory methods that …