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Obituaries

John Thurston

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n2007 (Published 13 August 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n2007
  1. David Yates

The Grand Order of Water Rats, the entertainment industry’s charity, has lost its only Companion Doctor—although John Thurston would prefer it to be known that he had died peacefully in Devon on 7 July 2021, aged 84, after a short illness. JT, as he was affectionately known, preferred to call a spade a spade. He had once found relatives searching his emergency department after being told that the resuscitation team had lost their father.

John Thurston brought wit and wisdom to the many seemingly interminable but very necessary meetings that were the hallmark of the early years of his specialty as it painfully translated from casualty through A&E to emergency medicine.

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