Edmund James Raffle

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 09 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6397
  1. Kay Raffle,
  2. John Surtees,
  3. Graham Lowe

As a medical student, Edmund James Raffle had a tuberculous kidney which necessitated a nephrectomy. After a spell at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital, he spent time in general medicine/cardiology at Dundee, where he met and married Kay, a nursing sister there. It was during five years of general practice in Peterborough and Cheshire that he became interested in skin diseases. He trained in dermatology at Newcastle and subsequently Dundee, where he was a consultant until 1990. He thrived seeing huge numbers of patients at his clinics, and he especially enjoyed teaching medical students, always ready to supplement clinical work with a raft of jokes and stories. Averse to unnecessary bureaucracy, he always tried to do what was right for the right reasons and fostered what has become a highly successful and forward looking department.

He served as secretary and president of the Scottish Dermatological Society and never lost his thirst for knowledge, even in recent years when he coped with a variety of therapeutic cardiac procedures. He enjoyed family holidays and many cruise holidays in retirement, when he was also able to indulge his appreciation of music, playing the organ at local churches. He was an elder of the Church of Scotland for over 30 years, a keen observer of human nature, and a great companion. He enjoyed sociable golf and bowls, painted if the weather was inclement, and loved his garden, tending it without help up to a month before his death. He is survived by his wife of 50 years and a daughter and two sons.


Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6397


  • Former consultant dermatologist Dundee (b 1930; q Liverpool 1953; DCH, FRCPE), died on 2 July 2010 from coronary thrombosis and a stroke.

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