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Alexander Paton

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 24 September 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5123
  1. Alexander Paton

Alexander Paton (“(Alex”) was a generalist with an insatiable curiosity about people and about many aspects of life other than medicine. Somewhat reluctantly he found that he had to specialise professionally, in gastroenterology and liver disease, and later developed an expertise in alcohol misuse.

He was born—the fifth Alexander as eldest son in a family that originated in the west of Scotland in 1795—at the bungalow of his maternal grandfather, Sir Grimwood Mears, chief justice of the High Court of Allahabad, lndia, the son of Colonel Alexander Paton DSO, MC, and his wife, Sybil. From Alleyn Court prep school at Westcliffe-on-Sea, Essex, he got a scholarship to Canford School, Dorset, where he read English literature and classics. He studied medicine during the war at St Thomas’ Hospital where he met his wife, Ann Pepys, a nurse at King’s and cousin of a fellow student. In 1945 he went with a party of medical students to help at the liberated concentration camp at Belsen. …

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