James Willis

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 29 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5673
  1. Thomas Bewley

In the 1960s James Willis (“Jim”) was involved in the NHS treatment of people dependent on heroin and cocaine and other non-therapeutic and socially unacceptable drugs. He published widely on psychiatric topics and, later in his life, wrote novels.

Jim was born in Dublin and after education at Stonyhurst and two years’ national service started his medical education at Guy’s Hospital Medical School, where, in addition to his medical studies, he was well remembered for his involvement in the hospital’s Christmas shows and similar activities. After qualifying and with two years’ general …

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