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Robert Kilpatrick

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 26 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5727
  1. Chris Mahony, London
  1. chris.mahony{at}

Former president of the GMC and the BMA

Lord (Robert) Kilpatrick of Kincraig, who died in September, was a physician, pharmacologist, medical school dean, and former president of both the General Medical Council (GMC) and the British Medical Association.

The only child of a Fife coalminer, Kilpatrick contracted tuberculosis as a teenager and later credited his ability to speed read to his months in hospital. He remained patron of TB Alert at the time of his death.

His son, Neil Kilpatrick, said that his father’s youthful illness and the loss of …

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