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Mohammad Fahim Siddiqui

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 27 February 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m699
  1. Nasima Siddiqui

On 22 December 2019, Mohammad Fahim Siddiqui finally laid down his scalpel. He was born on 14 December 1941 in Bareilly, British India, but the family emigrated to Pakistan after partition. With his mother, Rafique Fatima; his brothers, Nasim, Khalique, and Atique; two sisters, Sabra and Meena; he settled in Old Sukkar in 1950. His father, Sheikh Yakoob Siddiqui, eventually managed to join them, and the family were reunited several years later.

Fahim was a determined hardworking student, the top floor room of the family’s house was reserved purely for him, a study which no one was allowed to enter to ensure that he could concentrate. When he wasn’t studying, Fahim loved kite flying from the walled rooftop of their Old Sukkar home together with his brothers.

His conscientiousness paid off and having finished his matriculation one year early and gaining a government scholarship, he moved to Hyderabad, aged 17, to study for his bachelor of medicine and surgery at Liaquat Medical College. After graduating, with house officer and demonstrator in anatomy roles under his belt, he emigrated a second time—to the UK, in 1968.

He worked for …

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