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Roger Crabtree

BMJ 2019; 364 doi: (Published 29 March 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;364:l1373
  1. Barbara Crabtree

Born on the Isle of Man into a naval and teaching family, Roger Crabtree grew up mending things, from cats’ broken legs to bicycle frames and car engines. After language A levels at school, he changed tack to study first MB at the Royal Free Hospital School of Medicine. He was notably a flamboyant editor of the Royal Free’s journal and secretary to the Royal Free Dramatic Society, using his eccentric graphic and cartoonist abilities equally for the 1974 student film that portrayed the move of the hospital from Gray’s Inn Road to Hampstead.

As GPs in East Molesey, Surrey, he and his wife, Barbara (author of this obituary), rebuilt their pre-war houseboat as a seagoing vessel, the first indication of his devotion to wooden …

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