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John Robey Cobbett

BMJ 2016; 352 doi: (Published 15 February 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;352:i898
  1. Tom Cochrane

When John Robey Cobbett died, he had long been incapacitated through the ravages of Pick’s syndrome. His intention after qualifying, I understand, was to seek a career in general practice, for he had married his beautiful wife while still a student, and, in those days, training in almost any specialty demanded unaccompanied residence for long periods, with an outcome, in terms of employment, that was very uncertain. He applied for and was appointed to the post of house surgeon and casualty officer at the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead. This post would have served this ambition well since it included acting as assistant to Sir John Peel, Edward (later Sir Edward) Muir, and Leonard Cotton, who attended and operated at the hospital, from King’s, on a weekly basis. Regular clinics in ear, nose, and throat medicine and operating sessions were in the hands of John Musgrove. Dr Robertson was …

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