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John Bishop Borthwick

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 06 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b726
  1. Grant Mooney,
  2. T B Anthony

    Grant Mooney writes:

    John Bishop Borthwick, or “Jake,” as he was affectionately known to patients and colleagues, achieved a remarkable, if not unique, “double” in 1938. He passed his MRCP and played on the winning side for Scotland against Wales and Ireland at rugby, but a shoulder injury resulted in him calling off against England, when Scotland again won, with the redoubtable captain Wilson Shaw leading the famous Triple Crown victory. Sadly in this year of triumph, Jake’s father, having witnessed his son’s successes, complained of failing vision. Jake diagnosed malignant hypertension with the awareness that his father had but a few months to live with what was then …

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