Begoña Anne BovillBMJ 2018; 361 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.k2265 (Published 25 May 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2265
- Simon Rose
An article about leprosy in the World of Wonder children’s magazine triggered Begoña Anne Bovill’s early interest in medicine and infectious disease. She went to the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine, where she revelled in student life, designing the logo for Rag Week, performing in shows, and partying as well as studying. Inexplicably she fell for a fellow student of different disposition, with whom she published a few eclectic papers, including an excellent suggestion to treat iron overload in haemochromatosis with hookworms—passed over by The BMJ for its Christmas edition. After an elective in Peru, she cut her teeth on busy house jobs and, as senior house officer at Whipps Cross Hospital, was inspired by great general hospital physicians, such as Drs Partridge and Glick, whose teaching and the huge exposure to general medicine made passing the membership examination for the Royal College of Physicians a formality.
Half Spanish and bilingual, Begoña married me in a hilltop chapel in Andalucia, with a full flamenco …