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William Alan Harries

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 07 November 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g6696
  1. Mark Vernon-Roberts

William Alan Harries was a popular general practitioner on the Gower Peninsula for 36 years. He was born into the coalmining community of Porth, south Wales. After school education at Porth County School, he went to Charing Cross Hospital Medical School at the same time as his brother, “Jimmy,” later a leading tropical physician, (read obituary:, although Alan was only 16. After qualifying he immediately joined the Royal Army Medical Corps, serving in Egypt, north Africa, and Italy.

After demobilisation, he did hospital jobs, with a view to following his brother into clinical medicine, but he soon decided on general practice as a career. He started in a practice in Briton Ferry. The singlehanded doctor handed him the key to the surgery as soon as he arrived, told him that the town was in …

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