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John Pathy

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 03 August 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3097
  1. Deidre Hine,
  2. Damian Pathy

    Professor John Pathy was a leading light in geriatric medicine who contributed enormously to the treatment of elderly people both in Wales and around the world.

    John Pathy was born in London in 1923. His father had come to study in England from Madras and became an eminent lecturer in oriental studies in London. The enthusiasm of his study and practice of medicine remained with him for life and rubbed off on so many people, ranging from junior doctors to occupational therapists. His holistic multidisciplinary approach allowed him to achieve so much more, at a time when this type of approach was very rare.

    He studied medicine at King’s College, London, qualifying in 1948. After higher specialist training in general medicine and infectious diseases, he went to Wales as the medical superintendent of Llwynypia Hospital, making his home in the Rhondda. It was here that he and his wife, Norma, began to build their young family. In 1957 his senior …

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