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BMJ. 2007 April 21; 334(7598): 857.
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Benjamin Anthony Gwynne Jenkins

As a third year student at Barts, Gwynne served in the City's casualty clearing stations during the London Blitz and after qualifying was commissioned into the Royal Air Force, spending four years in the United Kingdom and India. He then returned to hospital practice for further training in general medicine and chest disease, and it was as one of the new generation of consultants with this combined experience that he came to Cornwall in 1951. At that time the main problem was the very high incidence of tuberculosis, but with the advent of effective antituberculous drugs the disease was virtually eradicated within the decade and he was then able to deal with the large untapped reservoir of other chest diseases, as well as the undiagnosed cardiac problems.

He was also a valued member of hospital committees before finally representing Cornwall on the regional hospital board and the consultants appointments committee. In spite of all these commitments, he endeavoured to give a personal service to his patients, as well as his time to teach the junior medical staff long before the days of mandatory postgraduate teaching and his efforts are still remembered to this day.

A larger than life character, Gwynne loved good food, yachting, and cars. His wife, Mair, to whom he was happily married for 55 years predeceased him by 18 months. He leaves a son and a daughter and five grandchildren.


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