Paul L AllanBMJ 2015; 350 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.h1242 (Published 11 March 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h1242
- Ian Beggs
Paul Allan, a respected Edinburgh radiologist died suddenly at home on 12 January, aged 64, only a few months before he was due to retire. He was born and raised in Barrow-in-Furness, where his father and grandfather were general practitioners. After Stoneyhurst College, he started medical training in London, initially at University College, where he obtained a BSc in anatomy, and then at the Westminster Hospital Medical School. He graduated MB BS in 1974. Junior posts in London and Southampton followed, during which time he obtained his MRCP.
In 1976, at a performance of Manon Lescaut (Paul was a stickler for detail and would have wanted it known that it was Puccini’s Manon), he met Helen Rosemary Hoof, an orthopaedic ward sister, who had trained at St Thomas’ Hospital. They married in 1978. Helen and his family were the bedrock of his life, and he was immensely proud of his sons, Nick and Chris.
In 1978 Paul and Helen moved to Edinburgh “for two years, before returning south,” for Paul to start training in radiology, a career choice influenced by his uncle, Sir Tom Lodge, then the doyen of British radiology. During his training Paul developed an …