Ronald Michael VanreenenBMJ 2011; 342 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.d1176 (Published 21 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1176
- John B Stewart
Ronald Michael Vanreenen (“Mike”) was born in India, where his father was surgeon in the Indian Medical Service. The Vanreenen name could be traced back to the earliest Dutch trekkers and explorers in South Africa. Mike enjoyed three related careers in medicine.
After boarding school at Glenalmond in Perthshire he graduated in medicine from Glasgow University in 1940. Apparently the army did not require his services immediately so he joined the Indian Medical Service like his father. While working as a medical staff captain in Peshawar in 1942 he met and …