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BMJ. 2007 May 5; 334(7600): 959.
PMCID: PMC1865391

Carl John Williams

Although training took him to London, Wrightington, and across the north west, Carl was a Manchester doctor. From a very early time he knew that he wanted to be an orthopaedic surgeon at a major teaching hospital, and he achieved this about a year before he died. He had old fashioned values with a modern outlook, talent, and a positive personality.

Despite knowing that he was terminally ill, he kept up a remarkably optimistic outlook. He was a very caring and conscientious man, and his natural concern for those around him meant that he rarely discussed his disease, his cheerful conversation and company continuing to the last. Those of us left behind feel most cheated by his tragically young death.

His conscientious nature probably led him to remove his own suspicious growth at the end of an operating list. Sadly, it turned out to be a melanoma, and, although the prognosis was initially good, multiple metastases were found after a further five great years.

Snowboarding, mountain biking, and windsurfing were his passions, and he always had the best equipment and the skills to use it. At home in Sale his ambitious DIY projects amazed all that saw them, and he worked on these until a few weeks before his death. It would not do for Carl to leave something for someone else to finish.

He leaves his father, his family, and his friends.


Consultant orthopaedic surgeon Wythenshawe, Manchester (b 1967; q London 1992; BSc, MD, FRCS (Eng and Edin)), d 4 December 2006.

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