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Peter Brontë Gatenby

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 29 December 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h6855
  1. David Coakley

Peter Brontë Gatenby was the son of James Brontë Gatenby, a pioneering cytologist and professor of zoology at Trinity College, Dublin. Gatenby studied medicine at Trinity and had a brilliant undergraduate career. In 1953 he joined the staff of Dr Steevens’ Hospital as consultant physician and subsequently he was also appointed consultant physician to the Meath Hospital and visiting physician to the Rotunda Hospital.

In 1957 Gatenby joined a group of influential and like-minded consultants to discuss the amalgamation of the small voluntary hospitals associated with Trinity College. Long and tedious negotiations led at first to the federation of these hospitals and eventually to their amalgamation in the two new major Dublin teaching hospitals, St James’s Hospital and Tallaght Hospital.

In 1960 he was appointed to the first full time chair of medicine at Trinity College. The resources given to him were meagre, and one of his successors in the chair of medicine reflected: “It …

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