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Jack Brittain came to a singlehanded practice at Hamsey Green in Warlingham, Surrey, in 1953 following appointments at several hospitals. Prior to this, he served as an intelligence officer in the army during the second world war, after which he entered St Mary's Hospital Medical School, qualifying MB BS in 1952. We first met in 1968 when I was resident anaesthetist at Guy's Hospital and heard of a doctor living near me who would like Saturday morning cover. This led to a close personal and professional relationship; my family were registered with Jack and his with me. Later in his life his interests included orthopaedic medicine and occupational medicine, and he was fleet medical officer for a large shipping line. He died on 23 October 2006 after a very short illness caused by stroke and coronary thrombosis. Jack was a true Christian gentleman who will be sorely missed by all those his life touched. He leaves a wife, Sheila; three children, Paul, Wendy, and Jonathan; and six grandchildren.