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Thomas James Wilmot

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 11 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4410
  1. Heather Wood

Thomas James Wilmot (“Tom”) was born in 1920, the third eldest in a family of two boys and two girls. He was born in England but his father was originally from County Kerry, where his grandfather opened the first transatlantic cable station to America. Tom’s father qualified in medicine at Trinity College Dublin and later became a general practitioner in Louth, Lincolnshire, where Tom spent most of his childhood and developed his love of fishing. His mother was from Inverness in the highlands of Scotland.

Tom first went first to school in Norfolk, where he was head boy and captain of cricket and rugby. In two successive years he won the school’s victor ludorum trophy for the champion all round sportsman. He then went to Epsom College, adjacent to the famous racecourse, before training to become a doctor at the Middlesex Hospital in London. He was a student house surgeon to C P Wilson and C P Monkhouse in the ear, nose, and throat (ENT) department. He was evacuated to Leeds and Bristol during the second world war.

After graduating in 1944, he worked in Inverness and Mount Vernon, before returning to the Middlesex, first as surgical registrar, then as ENT registrar. He did two years in the Royal Air Force (1947-9), having been called up as a graded ENT specialist. He worked in the Royal National Throat Nose and Ear Hospital in Gray’s Inn Road in 1950, obtaining his FRCS and MS, before returning …

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