John Barnes

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 30 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f2756
  1. John Barnes, Susan Barnes

John Barnes started training as a doctor in 1946. After qualifying he joined the army for national service and subsequent officer training. In the Royal Army Medical Corps he had a meteoric rise through the ranks to become the youngest major and then lieutenant colonel while still in his 30s. He specialised in public health and tropical diseases, a career that took him and his young wife Elizabeth to Malaysia in 1954. The couple’s first two children were born there.

His subsequent career in the army as a tropical diseases specialist meant long periods of absence away on postings to both the Middle East …

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