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Corinne Alison Rees

BMJ 2021; 373 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n1145 (Published 06 May 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;373:n1145
  1. Gareth Rees

Corinne Alison Rees (née Illingworth) often stressed the importance of listening and believed that diminishing the roles of careful history taking and clinical examination carries considerable risk. She was wary of increasing specialisation and overreliance on investigations and protocols: she was always ready to challenge orthodoxy. She thought that safe practice should be as robust in addressing gaps in knowledge as in applying knowledge prudently. She maintained that friendliness, thinking about the wider picture, and using common sense are crucial to good doctoring. Feedback from children, adoptive parents, and colleagues showed she practised what she preached.

Corinne was the youngest of three children in a medical family. Her father, Ronald Illingworth, was the first professor of child health in Sheffield, an internationally renowned paediatrician and prolific author. Her mother, Cynthia, was the first paediatric accident and emergency consultant in the UK. All three children qualified as doctors, married doctors, and became fellows of the Royal College of Physicians.

Corinne grew up with a love of the countryside, especially hills and mountains, lakes and fjords, developed through family outings to the Peak District and holidays in the Lake District, Scotland, the Alps, and Norway. She was a Queen’s Guide, deputy head girl …

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