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James Thomas Scott

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 02 November 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5835
  1. H J Scott

James Thomas Scott (“Tom “) enjoyed a fine reputation as a consultant physician at Charing Cross Hospital. He was a gifted teacher, clinical scientific researcher, and mentor. He left a legacy of clinical excellence and diagnostic acumen to the future leaders of academic and clinical rheumatology.

Tom was born and brought up in Mill Hill in north west London. He was an only child and his father, a civil servant in the postal services, died when he was 11. Tom was awarded a scholarship from the junior to the senior branch at University College School in Hampstead. During the war years he had to cycle to and from the school, where he excelled in all his academic activities. He was particularly gifted at Classics, studying Greek and Latin, but he was guided into a career of medicine because at the time he was advised that it had better career prospects. He trained at St Mary’s Hospital Medical School in Paddington. He was active in undergraduate activities: he rowed for the medical school and also took part in theatrical, dramatic, and operatic activities. He completed a house post in medicine at St Mary’s Hospital and a surgical house post in Lincoln. He moved on to Harefield Hospital as a junior registrar in medicine and deferred his national service until he acquired his membership of the Royal …

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