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Graeme was educated in classics and then medicine in his Scots fatherland. He was competitive and successful in sport and academically, and later in most other areas. John Forfar stimulated his interest in research. At Queen Elizabeth Hackney he published definitive studies on the trisomies D and E and fructosaemia with Alex Russell, Bernard Levin, and others. He produced papers on calcium metabolism and growth hormone at Guy's. He was a founder of the neonatal intensive care unit at The London, where he had an unrivalled reputation as a teacher. He knew the isolation of facing death as a medical student with testicular cancer, which accounted in part for his ferocious appetite for life and for friendships, of which he had many. His cigarettes and whisky and wild enthusiasms were a defiance of death. Despite his love of scandal, he was generous in his views of others and had an inner tenderness. He was an avid reader of modern history and listener to jazz. He became partially paraplegic after a spinal operation and later developed prostate cancer. He leaves his two sons, Alistair and Cameron, and his wife, Milly.