Edmund John Eastham

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 26 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4342
  1. Alan Craft,
  2. Mike Ward

    After qualifying with honours and undertaking junior posts in Newcastle, Edmund John Eastham (“Ed”) spent a year in Boston with Allan Walker for further training in paediatric gastroenterology. During his consultant career he took a particular interest in disorders of the gut and helped design a machine to measure breath hydrogen. He was also an expert on lower intestinal gas, and his talks on the subject were always greatly appreciated by professional and lay audiences. His talks to the Women’s Institute entitled “flying a kite” went down especially well.

    He was an excellent general paediatrician and was the one to whom other colleagues would turn to when they had a problem with their own children. He was a lifelong committed pipe smoker.

    In retirement he took up painting and golf. He was immensely proud of his family. He leaves a wife, who was his first ward sister; twin daughters and son; and twin grandchildren.


    Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4342


    • Former paediatrician Newcastle (b 1945, q Newcastle 1969, FRCP, FRCPCH), died from disseminated cancer on 6 July 2009.

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