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W. W. DEANE, M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P., F.F.A. R.C.S. dent of the health service in Berlin and
honorary professor of hygiene in the uni-
Dr. W. W. Deane, consultant anaesthetist at his sessions at the Miller Hospital and the versity of that city. Among his notable
St. Peter's Hospital for Stone and St. Paul's neurosurgical unit of St. George's Hospital achievements was the discovery of the causa-
Hospital for Genito-Urinary Diseases, Lon- to devote all his time to the St. Peter's and tive organism of Weil's disease, and the isola-
don, died suddenly and unexpectedly in his St. Paul's group of hospitals, where he was tion of a non-pathogenic cultivable variant
boat on 7 December. He was 57. the senior anaesthetist. of Treponema pallidum, which in later years
William Walter Deane was born on 17 Apart from boating, his other great hobby provided the antigen for a highly specific
September 1912, and received his medical was motor cars, and when I first knew him test for treponemal disease, the Reiter protein
education at the Westminster Hospital, where he drove a Bugatti. This, he explained, was complement fixation test. Nevertheless, his
he qualified with the Conjoint diploma in too expensive, and he bought a Minor. This name is best known for his clinical descrip-
1938. During the second world war he joined drove him mad, and he next arrived in an tion, in 1916, of the triple syndrome of ure-
the R.A.M.C. He was captured soon after, Allard, to be succeeded by a series of big and thritis, arthritis, and conjunctivitis, which is
and spent most of the war years as a prisoner. little cars, including a Bentley, Jaguar, and usually called Reiter's disease. The syndrome
After demobilization with the rank of captain a bubble car, which he described as " like had been described long before by several
he took the D.A. in 1946 and joined the staff driving round in a brown paper bag." His workers, including Benjamin Brodie, but its
of St. Paul's Hospital, Covent Garden, in trimaran on the Beaulieu River was his second rediscovery by Reiter focused attention on a
1948. In 1953 he became F.F.A. R.C.S. home, and it seems that he had just secured new aspect of the condition-namely, its
Willie, as he was knowntohis manyfriends, his boat to her mooring when he suddenly association with dysentery, and initiated a
gave my anaesthetics for 21 years. In the died. period of interest and research into the prob-
theatre he was unrufflable, and one could not All of us at St. Peter's and St. Paul's have lem which persists to the present day.
have had a better colleague with whom to lost a most valued and respected friend, and Reiter paid his last visit to Britain in 1959,
share an operating list. He was one of the we send our sympathies to his wife, Margaret, when he attended a combined meeting in Lon-
pioneers of hypotensive anaesthesia for who shared his enthusiasm for boats, and to don of the Medical Society for the Study of
prostatectomy, and in recent years gave up his son and daughter.-H. G. H. Venereal Diseases and the International
Union against the Venereal Diseases and
Treponematoses. On that occasion he read a
paper describing the work which led to the
Air Commodore A. B. BRISCOE, C.B.E., M.B., B.CH., B.A.O. isolation of the Reiter treponeme. In spite of
Air Commodore A. B. Briscoe died suddenly duty list for employment with the South advancing years he was fully conversant with
on 5 December, aged 77. African Air Force in the aircrew training all recent advances in his own field. Those
Abraham Bob Briscoe was born on 1 scheme in that country. He returned to Eng- who saw him then recall him as a tall, digni-
December 1892, and received his medical land in 1944 to become successively principal fied figure with a distinction and innate
training at Uni- medical officer, Flying Training Command, courtesy characteristic of an age that has
versity College, and, later, of Maintenance Command. He passed.-A. J. K.
Dublin, and had a further overseas tour in the appoint-
graduated M.B., ment of principal medical officer, Far East
B.Ch., B.A.O., Air Force. He was promoted to air rank
wth first class in 1947, was appointed C.B.E. in 1950, N. S. DICKSON, O.B.E., M.B., B.CH.
honours in 1918. and from 1948 until his retirement in B.A.O.
He joined the 1952 he was an honorary physician to the
- Royal Air Force late King George VI. Dr. N. S. Dickson, formerly in general prac-
in September of Abraham Briscoe's interests lay in medical tice at Templepatrick, Co. Antrim, and a
the same year, administration and preventive medicine, and member of Council of the British Medical
and was one of in these fields he found ample scope for his Association from 1949 to 1959 and there-
the early group boundless energy-in particular, his insist- after Assistant Secretary in Northern Ireland,
of medical offi- ence on the highest possible standards of died on 10 December after a short illness,
cers from which hygiene on R.A.F. establishments is well aged 67.
the R.A.F. Medi- known, and to accompany him on a station Norman Storey Dickson, son of the late
cal Branch grew. He was appointed to a inspection was an education to the junior Rev. James and Mrs. Dickson, of Balinasloe,
permanent commission in 1920, and for the medical officer. Co. Galway, was
next 20 years he served at various R.A.F. After his retirement from the R.A.F. he born on 21 May
stations and hospitals at home and abroad. became a ship's surgeon with the Ellerman 1902, and was
In 1941 he was appointed principal medical and Bucknall Line, which he served until a educated at the
officer, Air Headquarters, India, and in the few years before his death. Methodist Col-
following year he was posted to the special A. B. Briscoe did not marry.-F. V. M. lege, Belfast, and
at the Queen's
University of Bel-
fast, first obtain-
HANS REITER, M.D. ing a degree in
dentistry in 1928
The death of Hans Reiter on 25 November including the Pasteur Institute in Paris, the and later gradu-
severs one of the last links with the great Institute of Hygiene and Pharmacology at ating in medi-
traditions of German medicine of the days Berlin University, and at St. Mary's Hospital cine in 1931.
before the first world war. He was born in in London, where he trained under Sir "Barney," as he
Leipzig in 1881, and studied medicine at the Almroth Wright for two years. Laiter he was known to his
University of Leipzig, in Breslau, and in became professor of hygiene at Rostock Uni- many friends, was a noted rugby player,
Tiibingen, graduating as M.D. Leipzig in versity, chief of a department in the Kaiser gaining first XV colours at both school and
1906. He studied bacteriology and hygiene Wilhelm Institute of Experimental Therapy, university. He gained his interprovincial
in most of the leading schools in Europe, Berlin, under Wassermann, and, later, presi- schools cap in 1919. After acting as an
20 Dece&mbe-r' 1969 Obituary BRrrtm
assistant in general practice in Belfast he was gave his patients conscientious and sympa- was nothing he enjoyed more than a golfing
appointed dispensary medical officer to thetic attention at any hour of the day or holiday with two or three of his friends.
Templepatrick, where he remained in general night, and his visits were invariably Dr. Hewitt had a sound clinical judgement.
practice for over 30 years. brightened by a fund of humour which could Free from fussiness, he will be remembered
In addition to being a much-loved and at times produce almost as much benefit as by his patients for his good common sense.
respected general practitioner he held many prescribed medicine. From the time of his A man in whose company one enjoyed his
honorary offices in the British Medical Asso- arrival in Lerwick he acted as visiting lively humour and cheerfulness, he will be
ciation. Dickson was chairman of the Bel- physician to the geriatric units in Brevik and greatly missed by his friends, colleagues, and
fast Division in 1947-8, and was a member Montfield Hospitals, a duty which was dis- patients.
of the Northern Ireland Branch Council for charged with the same application as marked We extend our deepest sympathy to his
over 15 years. He was president-elect of the his approach to general practice. He was also wife, son, and two daughters.-A.M. and
Northern Ireland Branch in 1954-5 and appointed as part-time anaesthetist to the J. D. B.
again in 1959-60, but never became presi- Gilbert Bain Hospital and reached a high
dent owing to his appointment as Assistant degree of competence in this field, handling
Secretary. Before 1948 he was honorary major surgical procedures in many aged and
secretary of the general practice section of desperately ill patients with a calm and care-
the Negotiating Committee, which did much ful technique which contributed in no small
W. KING HAY, M.B., B.CH. B.A.O.
of the work on the introduction of the measure to the successes achieved. One of Dr. W. King Hay, formerly in general prac-
National Health Service. He was chairman his major contributions to the medical life tice in Market Drayton, Salop, died suddenly
of the General Medical Services Committee of the Islands was the service he rendered on 22 November at the age of 70.
(Northern Ireland) from 1954 to 1960, and to the personnel of British and foreign fish- Win. King Hay was born in Trimra,
vice-chairman of the Northern Ireland Com- ing fleets operating in Shetland waters. At Letterkenny, County Donegal, on 10 May
mittee from 1952 to 1959. In 1947-8 he the time of his death he was vice-chairman 1899. He was educated at Foyle College,.
was a member of the Representative Body, of Zetland Executive Council and also of the Londonderry. After service overseas with the
representing Belfast Division. From 1949 Shetland Division of the British Medical Royal Field Artillery during the first world
to 1959 he was a member of the central Association, and a member of the board of war, he entered Queen's University, Belfast,
Council of the B.M.A. His deep and con- management for the Shetland Hospitals. where he graduated M.B., BCh., B.A.O. in
tinuing interest for his profession led to his He had many interests outside his profes- 1924. He was a great sportsman, being a
appointment as the first secretary of the sion. He had been an enthusiastic and member of the university rugby team. He
B.M.A. in Northern Ireland in July 1960, a capable performer on the football field and became first an assistant in practice in Market
post he held until his retirement in 1968. also enjoyed a game of golf or badminton. Drayton in 1924, and subsequently became
He was a member of Antrim County Council He joined widely in the private and public senior partner until his retirement in 1968.
from 1955 to 1960. For his work on behalf social life of Lerwick, enlivening many an He was honorary surgeon to Market Drayton
of the B.M.A. he was elected a Fellow in evening with his witty conversation. Very Cottage Hospital, also appointed factory
1960, and for his services to his profession dear to his heart was the cause of Scottish doctor and treasury medical officer. He was
he was appointed O.B.E. in 1969. independence, for he felt that only in such a keen member of the B.M.A., being president
He is survived by his wife, a son, who is a context could his native Highlands preserve of the Shropshire and Mid-Wales Branch in
also a member of the medical profession, and their traditions and economic well-being, and 1959-60. He was an enthusiastic member of
a daughter, and also by a brother and sister. it was fitting that he should be elected chair- the St. John Ambulance Brigade for 35
-G. W. H. man of the Shetland branch of the Scottish years, being county surgeon from 1946 to
National Party. 1966, for which devoted service he was ap-
A devoted husband and father, he leaves pointed Knight of the Order of St. John in
a wife and three children, to whom sympathy 1967. He was a member of the Salop
is extended in their very great loss.-R. P. C. Executive Council and Local Medical Com-
Mk. MACLEOD, L.R.C.P., L.R.C.S.ED. mittee from 1948 until his retirement. He
L.R.F.P.S.GLASG. was also a member of the Clive lodge of
Dr. M. Macleod, a general practitioner and He will be very much missed by all his
part-time anaesthetist to the Gilbert Bain R. W. HEWITT, M.B., CH.B., B.A.O. friends. The esteem in which he was held
Hospital, Lerwick, died suddenly on 13 Octo- was visibly shown by the large attendance at
ber at the age of 46. Dr. R. W. Hewitt, a general practitioner in his funeral service.
Mackay Macleod was born in Durness, Lowestoft, Suffolk, for 32 years, died sud- His sudden death came as a shock to his
Sutherland, on 6 May 1923, and was edu- denly at his home on 17 November. He was numerous friends, who will miss him greatly,
cated at his local school and later at Golspie 60. and heartfelt sympathy is extended to his
Secondary School (now widely known under Richard Whiteside Hewitt was born in wife, daughter, and son, who is in practice in
its' newer name of Golspie High School). Belfast on 27 June 1909, and received his Glasgow.-D. A. I.
His original intention was to study for a medical education at Queen's University,
B.Sc. degree, but after a year at Edinburgh graduating M.B., Ch.B., B.A.O. in 1933. He
University he enlisted in the Merchant Navy came to Lowestoft first as an assistant and
and served throughout the second world war. then after the second world war as a partner
It was during this period that he occupied in the practice in which he was senior partner J. MAcDONALD, M.B., CH.B.
his spare time reading medical books which at the time of his death. He also held a part- Dr. J. MacDonald, in general practice at
were available on board ship, and this time appointment at the Lowestoft and North North Berwick, Scotland, died suddenly at
interest led him to return to Edinburgh after Suffolk Hospital in the venereology depart- his home on 20 November, aged 53 years.
demobilization and study medicine. He ment. During the second world war he served John MacDonald, the son of an eminent
qualified with the Scottish joint diploma in in the R.A.M.C., attaining the rank of major. Glasgow physician, was born on 30 May
1954. After house appointments he decided A member of the British Medical Association, 1916 and was educated at Kelvinside
to enter general practice, and it was no sur- he was on the Representative Body from 1950 Academy, Sedbergh, and Glasgow University,
prise that his love of the North of Scotland to 1952 and again in 1962. He was chairman graduating M.B., Ch.B. in 1940. After a
drew him to the Highlands and Islands. He of the North-east Suffolk Division in house post at the Royal Infirmary, Glasgow,
worked as an assistant in Benbecula and in 1953-4. and a short spell in general practice at
Kirkwall before being appointed to a practice A member of a family of sportsmen, he Creetown, he joined the R.A.M.C. during
of his own on the island of Rousay. This played rugby for Queen's, Ulster, and was a the second world war and served as a captain
was followed by a transfer to another of the rugby trialist. With that background it was in the 6th Armoured Division in the Middle
Orkney islands, Shapinsay, where he only natural that when he came to Lowestoft East and Italian campaigns. On demobiliza-
remained until he moved to Lernvick at the he took a keen interest in local rugby, first tion he joined the late Dr. D. A. Donald in
beginning of 1963. He quickly established as a player and later for a period as president practice in North Berwick. A man of the
himself as a popular and respected practi- of the Yarmouth and Lowestoft rugby club. greatest skill and integrity, MacDonald
tioner within the Shetland community. He He was also an enthusiastic golfer and there spared himself not at all in the care of his
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patients. In return he was held in the was also for many years chairman of the demobilization he became a resident anaes-
greatest affection and respect by the com- Parish Council, and served on the old Medi- thetist at Guy's Hospital and took the D.A.
munity, in whose affairs he took an active cal Insurance Committee for Hertfordshire. in 1947. He spent a short time in Derby
part, principally as Elder of the Church of He was truly a great physician and a good before coming to Bedford, where he settled
Scotland. and kindly man.-P. McA. E. in general practice.
Ever enthusiastic in enhancing the status He was an outstanding success as a general
of the family doctor, John MacDonald was practitioner because he liked and understood
a foundation member of the Royal College people. His quiet, easygoing manner, a well-
of General Practitioners. His son follows G. E. DAVID, M.C., T.D., M.R.C.S. developed sense of humour, and his integrity
him in the family tradition of medicine, and made him many friends. His patients loved
one of his two daughters is a nursing sister. L.R.C.P. him and depended on him both for his sound
Our deepest sympathy goes to his devoted Dr. G. E. David, a general practitioner at common sense as a friend and his knowledge
wife and family.-D, J. M. as a doctor. To the elderly the loss will be
Ystalyfera, Glamorganshire, died in Singleton greatest, as he always made time to talk and
Hospital, Swansea, on 19 October after a listen to them.
long and distressing illness. He was 58. We shall miss him for many years to come
Gwilym Evans David was born in Port and would like to extend our heartfelt
Talbot on 19 December 1910 and received sympathy to his wife, Helen, and his
A. BARKER, B.CH. his early education at the local county daughters, Anne and Jane.-L. W. S. E. and
Dr. A. Barker, formerly in general practice at King's He received his medical education
College Hospital, London, qualify- K. M. B.
in Much Hadham, Herts, died on 19 October ing with the Conjoint diploma in 1938. He
at the age of 86.
held several house appointments in the old
Aubrey Barker was born on 18 May 1883, Swansea General Hospital and was one of
and was educated at Rydal School and Cam- the original officers of the 160 Field
bridge, completing his medical studies at the Ambulance, which was raised in Swansea S. NOY SCOTT, M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P.
London Hospital, where he graduated in just before the outbreak of the second world S. W. writes: I hope you will permit me
1909. After house appointments he came to war. During the war he served initially in to add my own personal tribute to my old
Much Hadham in 1913 as a locum tenens Northern Ireland and Iceland, then in North friend Noy Scott (obituary, 29 November
He had no intention of staying; in fact, he
Africa. He served with a battalion of the p. 564). In appearance he resembled the
was put off by the dangers of the many
Hampshire Regiment and took part in pictures of Sir Francis Drake and, indeed,
fords that had to be crossed when visiting the Salerno landings and in the ferocious had portrayed him in amateur theatricals,
patients. However, romance altered his battles for Monte Cassino, where he was and his bright breezy boyish personality was
course; he met and married Lucy Willans, awarded the M.C. for bravery in the field. in keeping with what one associates with the
his employer's daughter, and this family have He was then sent to Greece to advise the seamen of Devon. He was an enthusiast in
served Much Hadham and district for 96 partisans in the establishment of medical work or play, in his hobbies, and in par-
years to date. Aubrey served in the posts, and finally ended his war career as ticular for the B.M.A. and all that it stood
R.A.M.C. in the first world war, and was assistant director of medical services of the for. A man of sterling character, he was
for a time stationed at the Military Hospital 43rd Division in Austria. After demobiliza- scrupulously fair, and so was an ideal chair-
in Gaza. During the second world war his tion he entered general practice in Ystalyfera man of the Central Ethical Committee. He
eldest son, Derek, was killed in the retreat to on the Glamorgan-Breconshire border in the was kindly and merciful. In debate he could
Dunkirk. Swansea Valley. He was very active in the intervene with force and firmness, but there
He is probably best remembered in the re-forming of the 160 Field Ambulance in was always the twinkle in the eye and the
villages he served for his patience and skill 1947 and later commanded the unit for four chuckle to soften the blow. He was deeply
in the many home confinements he had to years. touched at his election to a vice-presidency
conduct. His motto was always, "Better In his younger days he was an enthusiastic of the Association, an honour earned! by
be there two hours too soon than two minutes rugby player, and later in life became a keen years of hard work for his colleagues, but
too late." He was also an expert anaes- golfer. Working with the St. John's which his modesty made him feel was
thetist, especially with the old chloroform Ambulance Brigade was another of his great undeserved. That was the kind of man he
drop bottle. Patients in all walks of life interests. was, a wonderful host, a good doctor, a good
became and remained his friends. His was We mourn the passing of a kind and B.M.A. man, a good man.
a dispensing practice, and it did not matter steadfast friend, and extend to his wife, two He bore his last distressing illness with
at what time of day, night, or week-end, the daughters, and son sincerest sympathy the cheerfulness and fortitude one ex:^ ected
patients' medicine was always ready soon K. C. M. of him. His wife, sons, and daughter will,
after he returned to his surgery after visiting I hope, be helped in their time of sorrow
-them. by the fact that it is shared by so many who
For many years Aubrey Barker was medi- loved him.
cal officer to Crofton Grange School, and J. H. G. HALLIDAY, M.R.C.S., L.R.C.P.
assistant school medical officer for the Hert- D.A.
fordshire County Council, Treasury medical
officer, and honorary medical officer to St. Dr. J. H. G. Halliday, a general practitioner
Elizabeth's School and Home for Epileptics. in Bedford, died suddenly at his home on C. G. BAKER, O.B.E., M.D., F.R.C.P.
In this last post he worked hard, and was 9 November aged 55 years.
always prepared to try new remedies to John Howard George Halliday was born G. P. B. W. writes: I would like to add
relieve these unfortunate patients ; he was in London on 4 May 1914. He received his my own personal recollection of Charles
very popular at the home, particular among early education at St. Paul's School, and Baker (obituary, 1 November, p. 306),
the children. A member of the British while there he became a good rifle-shot and whom I knew as a student and later. He
Medical Association, he was chairman of represented the school at Bisley. On leaving belonged to the generation of Guy's that
the East Herts Division in 1932-3. school he entered Guy's Hospital as a medical produced some wonderful characters. I met
In his spare time he made and kept up the student and was in his final year during the Charles again during the second world war.
most beautiful garden in the village-aided blitz. Like many of his contemporaries, he I once offered him beer at 4 p.m. " No
and frequently instructed by his wife, Lucy. spent long hours at night treating air-raid thank you," he replied, " I am terribly con-
The Red Cross benefited from the frequent casualties and his days working for finals. ventional and prefer tea," an answer that
occasions the Barkers opened their garden He qualified with the Conjoint diploma in would convince no one who knew him for
to the public. He sang bass with Much 1941 and joined the R.A.M.C. in 1942. what he was-a man quite out of the
Hadham Choral Society. He was an ener- He spent most of his war service in India, common mould. He looked after me during
getic and efficient carpenter, and his prowess where he became interested in anaesthetics. a long illness not by treatment but by leaving
as a cricketer is still remembered. The He trained with the Chindits, but the force stacks of gramophone records by my bedside.
village boys used to earn sixpence for bowling was disbanded just before he was due to He knew how to live and wanted to teach
to him in the nets on a weekday evening. He be dropped behind Japanese lines. After others his discovery.