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John Galvin

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 03 December 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k5123
  1. Nick Galvin

John Galvin was many things to many people: a devoted husband, a wonderful father, a dutiful son, a beloved granddad, a constant and loyal friend, a teller of awful jokes, a man of great and abiding faith, and an extraordinarily dedicated physician.

Born in Deighton, Huddersfield, the only child of Cyril and Louis, from an early age he set his sights on becoming a medical practitioner. His mother and Annie, his father’s sister, were particularly supportive of his ambitions.

But it was largely through his own dogged determination, fierce intellect, and capacity for hard work that he propelled himself from the orbit of the limited expectations into which he was born, first to grammar school and then on to Leeds University. He went on to an exemplary career as a general practitioner (he was slightly too young to join up and consequently spared the horrors of the second world war).

It was while he was a junior doctor at Leeds Infirmary that he met a vivacious, young theatre sister with …

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