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Sidney Crown

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 05 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1273
  1. Anna Crown

    Sidney Crown, who died suddenly from bronchopneumonia at the age of 85, was an exceptional psychiatrist, also known for his irreverent editorial wit and media work. After retiring, he took up marathon running and was an enthusiastic supporter of the arts and his community.

    Sidney attended the progressive King Alfred School in north London. He began his studies in psychology in South Africa, where he and his mother and sister were evacuated during the second world war. Returning to London, he completed his doctorate at the Institute of Psychiatry and the Maudsley Hospital in London, with Hans Eysenck and Aubrey Lewis. He looked back with some chagrin in later years at the way patients were enrolled into a trial of pre-frontal leucotomy for intractable schizophrenia. At the age of 30, having attended evening classes and passed the required O level in physics, he was able with his GP father’s generosity to undertake medical training at the Middlesex Hospital. The interview for admission was conducted by the dean, Sir Harold Boldero, alone. Faculty included E W Walls, …

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