Denis Neville BaronBMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f2289 (Published 11 April 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2289
- Keith Bragman
Denis Neville Baron, the oldest son of a Tottenham general practitioner, qualified in 1945 after a war shortened four year course in medicine. His first real introduction to the sharp end of medical practice came when he was sent home from prep school to be diagnosed as having acute appendicitis. His recollection of the event was having his appendectomy performed at home on the kitchen table. He then went on to UCS, where his academic talent was quickly identified. He matriculated with the second highest mark in chemistry in England. He was dissuaded by his father from studying chemistry and, with war looming, read medicine at the Middlesex Hospital, London. After qualifying he did his national service as a flight lieutenant in the Royal Air Force, where he played golf and learnt rugby songs; one of the more useful legacies to his children.
He trained as a pathologist in the RAF from 1946 to 1949, when he returned to the Middlesex to Sir Charles Dodds’s Institute of …