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Michael Asher Weingarten

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 25 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2221
  1. Susan Weingarten

Michael Asher (“Micky”) Weingarten was professor of family medicine at Tel Aviv University and a key founder of the new Bar-Ilan Faculty of Medicine in Safed in Galilee.

Micky was born in 1947 in Golders Green, London to a family of Jewish refugees from Nazi Germany. He was educated at the City of London School; Jews’ College, London; Merton College, Oxford; and University College Hospital, London.

He emigrated to Israel and began his training as a family doctor in 1973. A few weeks later, the Yom Kippur war broke out, and he found himself, a very junior hospital doctor, as the “consultant” in internal medicine to the burns unit, for the wounded soldiers brought in from the Suez Canal. After this war, he continued his GP training in the deprived development town of Bet Shean, living on a local kibbutz. When called up to the army, he served as a doctor on the helicopter rescue unit, where he did reserve duty for 20 years. During the Lebanon war, he was once in command of a helicopter …

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