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John Betteridge

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 31 January 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m156
  1. John Reckless,
  2. Francis Matthey

John Betteridge was an international expert on cholesterol, hyperlipidaemia, and cardiovascular disease prevention. He was an excellent and caring physician, highly respected by both his patients and his colleagues. Not only an outstanding clinician, he had a flair for biochemistry, which gained him an international reputation in cholesterol metabolism.

Early career

Born in Ashby-de-la-Zouch, John Betteridge was educated at the Boys’ Grammar School. From a musical family, John played the cornet in the Donisthorpe scout band before taking up the trumpet, in which he excelled, playing extensively with the Leicestershire County Youth Orchestra and winning music competitions. Faced with the decision of whether to become a professional musician or a doctor, he chose medicine, but nonetheless continued to play his trumpet in several orchestras.

When studying medicine at King’s College and Guy’s Hospital, John gained a first class honours in biochemistry. After qualifying and undertaking his initial …

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