Jeremy Hugh Baron: a tribute from a colleague and friend

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 04 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1091
  1. John Bennett

Hugh Baron’s foremost quality was his love of scholarship. He hungered for knowledge in all his many areas of interest, and added to most of them. He described his hobby as “looking,” and from his tall, gaunt frame his quizzical gaze would peruse scientific data, paintings, buildings, and members of committees alike. Many were found wanting. He was a compulsive writer and publisher: everything (he believed) should be recorded. As well as his many interests in gastroenterology he had clear views on ethical matters and was always concerned about the “political” aspects of medicine. He was strong on medical history, and on art in, and out of, hospitals. In later years he wrote thoughtfully about religious matters in a collection of talks given to seminars at his synagogue in New York.

His father was a general practitioner in Tottenham, north London. Hugh won a scholarship to University College School, then a Styring scholarship to Queens College, Oxford (where he graduated BA), and was the first Broderipp scholar at Middlesex Hospital medical school, achieving BM, B Ch. After house officer posts at the Middlesex and Royal Northern hospitals, national service claimed him for the Royal Army Medical Corps as captain. At the Royal Herbert Hospital, Woolwich, he passed MRCP and was sent as a junior specialist to Malaya. He might have ended his life there had his commanding officer not ordered him to stay in Kuala Lumpur, rather than …

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