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Terence John Hamblin

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 28 March 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e2287
  1. Ned Stafford

Haematologist and expert in chronic lymphocytic leukaemia

Near the end of Terry Hamblin’s life, when he was suffering withcolon cancer, he was grappling with doubts about what might have been.

In his personal internet blog (, he confided in late November 2011 to his many readers: “I am up one day and down the next. Partially, it is the dexamethasone that makes me emotionally labile. I had a weepy day yesterday as I contemplated the things I had left undone. At the end of Schindler’s List, Liam Neeson has a scene where he looks at his luxury car and his gold ring and thinks of how many more Jews these could have bought. ‘I could have done more,’ he exclaims. That is how I felt.”

But no one who knew Hamblin as a doctor or a colleague or a friend has any doubts about his medical contributions. Hamblin spent his adult life providing quality and caring treatment for his many patients and conducting important medical research.

Daniel Catovsky, emeritus professor at the UK’s Institute of Cancer Research, says, “He was a great man, always cheerful, and the centre of attention for his jokes and …

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