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David Morrell

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 08 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3227

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Primary care pioneer and former BMA president

David Morrell was the first academic general practitioner to become president of the BMA. He concluded his presidential address in 1994 by challenging the BMA to “lead us out of the mire of market place medicine to the high ground of professional medical care”—a prescient, almost prophetic comment, perhaps containing the key to the enormous impact that David made on all aspects of academic primary care. He had been able to see how, in the future, general practice would contribute to medical education and research and improve patient care. He may not have been the last, but he was certainly the embodiment of the now almost extinct three stranded clinical academic—clinician, researcher, and teacher. He changed the course of general practice in all three areas.

Practice based research

In 1962, after five years in health service practice in Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire, Morrell moved to the university department of general practice in Edinburgh—the first of its kind in the world, where the first ever …

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