Duncan Martyn Watney

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 02 September 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d5539
  1. M A Spencer

Duncan Martyn Watney came from the third generation of doctors. He never really thought that there was any other career for him, pursuing it to the best of his ability through 31 years in general practice in Crowborough. Having had all the advantages—a superb education at Winchester College, Trinity College, Cambridge, and St George’s Hospital, to which he won a scholarship, and then short service in the Royal Navy—he always felt that that he should pay back to society some of the debt he owed, and it was this that motivated his life.

His chosen career was general practice since he also had a very strong belief that a general practitioner was able to get closer to his patients than almost any other specialist. …

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