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Brendan Bethel Jacobs

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 29 March 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d1887
  1. Fiona Coutts

Brendan Bethel Jacobs was a very special “old style” general practitioner, who gave total care and commitment to his patients. He was born in Dublin and spent his early childhood in China where his father was an engineer. Later he went to Oundle School when the family home was in France.

In the early 1950s at the Department of Human Ecology in Cambridge, where he met his wife, Jean, he made an epidemiological study of rheumatic complaints in East Anglia. He entered general practice during the exciting period of the start of the Royal College of General Practitioners and became a founder member of the college. In 1953 he joined a practice in Arnold, Nottingham, where he remained until his retirement, aged 69 years.

Early in his career he felt deficient in the diagnosis and treatment of emotional problems in general practice. In 1957, …

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