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Gaythorne Derrick Teague

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 24 March 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i1733
  1. Paul Main,
  2. Joy Main

Gaythorne Derrick Teague was born in Bedminster, Bristol, and grew up in a working class family. He was proud of his roots and always referred to himself as a Bedminster boy. He attended Luckwell School and the former South Central School before securing a place at Cotham Grammar School. He turned down the opportunity to go to Oxford University because his parents could not afford to send him away from home. Instead he read medicine at Bristol University. He once said that the death of his younger brother from blood poisoning in Bristol General Hospital in 1936, before antibiotics were available, had a lot to do with his interest in medicine. He recalled, as a medical student during the second world war, being on duty on the roofs of various civic buildings in Bristol, with the remit of dealing with incendiary bombs during the blitz. As a young man he served as a leader in the 171 Bedminster scout troop and helped to run an Anglican youth group.

He initially joined Dr Pollard, who practised on Coronation Road, the “Harley …

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