Alan Montague Johnson

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 29 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6853
  1. Peter Johnson

Above all a gifted clinician, diagnostician, and teacher, Alan Montague Johnson employed humour, firmness of purpose, erudition, and hard work in the treatment of his patients, in teaching, and in many additional duties.

Born and schooled in Oxford, one of seven children, he entered medicine through King’s College London and Westminster Medical School, first in wartime Birmingham and then London. His final student year was interrupted by miliary and cavitating pulmonary tuberculosis. In pre-antibiotic times it took a year to overcome this, but he considered it had made him a better doctor. After nine …

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