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Henry Byrom

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 17 December 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k5266
  1. Mary Rose Goodwin

Henry Byrom was born in Birchington, Kent, on 21 January 1939. His family moved to Australia, and he was educated at Cranbrook School in Sydney. In 1957 the family returned to England, and Henry started his medical studies at the London Hospital in Whitechapel. He won several undergraduate prizes. After house jobs and senior house officer posts he became an anatomy demonstrator at the London. He initially thought of a career in surgery but then decided to go into general practice and joined the Cossington House Surgery in Canterbury, Kent, in 1968. He became a senior partner and retired in 1999. He was also the school doctor at The Kings School in Canterbury for many years.

His interests and talents were wide and various. He had an exceptional gift for making violin and cello bows, beautiful jewellery for his daughters, mending clocks (a skill he learnt from his father, F J Byrom, who did much of the early research into hypertension), and he was a keen music lover and gardener.

But his overriding joy was his family. He leaves his wife, Patricia, a midwife; four children (three doctors and a nurse); and nine grandchildren.

General practitioner Canterbury, Kent (b 1939; q London 1963; BSc Lond), died after a short illness on 28 June 2018

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