Rex Ernest CouplandBMJ 2009; 338 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.b1541 (Published 20 April 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1541
- Stanley Monkhouse
Anyone who puts Rex’s name into a search engine will be rewarded with sites concerning his adrenal and neuroendocrine research, sites concerning his place in the history of research using magnetic resonance imaging, and sites about anatomy teaching and its place in medical training. Who’s Who lists many other accomplishments and achievements, including service to many national and professional bodies. All this gives some indication of his broadness of vision, his enormous knowledge, and his prophetic qualities. From it you can deduce his dedication, his love of his work, and the prodigious energy that made him one of the youngest professors in the UK when he was appointed to Dundee, that led him to be an ambassador worldwide for his enthusiasms, and that led him to medical politics and the General Medical Council.
Rex was born in 1924 and raised in Mirfield. From the grammar school, he went to Leeds Medical School, where he displayed prowess scholarly and physical, receiving academic plaudits and playing tennis for the university. Rex had a clinical career in mind, and it was accidental that he fell into anatomy, but fortunate that he landed on his feet in the department of Professor Durward, who seeded the world with several eminent anatomists. After his time in Leeds and …