Peter Ferry JonesBMJ 2010; 340 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1011 (Published 19 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1011
- George Youngson,
- Alasdair Munro,
- Tim Jones
Peter Jones (“Puffy”) was a respected surgeon, author, and teacher.
He was a major contributor to UK surgery. A generation of surgical trainees in Aberdeen in the 1960s, ’70s, and early ’80s was given a first class training by Peter, particularly in managing emergency patients with an acute abdomen. At a time when the aphorism of see one, do one, teach one was commonplace, his willingness to take the assistant’s position at the operating table at any time of day or night, patiently holding a retractor and offering words of guidance and encouragement, was a defining characteristic.
Peter Jones was brought up in London between the two major conflicts of the 20th century and after school studied at Cambridge going on to Barts to study medicine. Qualifying in 1943, he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps the following year and was posted overseas to the Middle East. Thereafter he decided on a career in surgery, training at various London hospitals. He spoke often about the quality of his training at the Middlesex and Central Middlesex Hospitals and …