Michael Patrick Ryan

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 17 August 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h4455
  1. Frank Stewart

Michael Patrick Ryan (“Mike”) studied at the London School of Economics and graduated BSc in economics with first class honours in 1959. Many of us will consider it our good fortune that he did not long pursue what could have been a promising career in economics Instead he started all over again as a medical student, graduating at Oxford in 1968. After junior hospital appointments, he went into general medical practice in Oxfordshire and then in Lincolnshire.

In 1974 he boldly moved north with his family to take up a conjoint appointment in Livingston. At that time, the Scottish Home and Health Department was actively promoting the Livingston scheme to bring the various parts of the NHS closer together. We were all enthusiastic and mostly quite young.

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