Albert J Jovell

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 29 April 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g2980
  1. Aser Garcia Rada, Madrid

President of the Spanish Patients’ Forum

“Nothing teaches you more than knowing you have little time left,” Albert J Jovell said to a newspaper in 2012.1 He himself had been a committed student since he was diagnosed with a rare neuroendocrine cancer of the thymus in 2001. Over the years he experienced repeated relapses, until the disease ended his life in 2013.

As well as being a doctor, therefore, Jovell was also a patient, and he dedicated many years to defending the rights of patients as president of the Spanish Patients’ Forum. The forum is known as “the patient’s voice in democracy”, and represents most of …

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