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BMJ. 2007 May 12; 334(7601): 1011.
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Michael Alexander McDonald

Michael grew up in Hertfordshire and attended St Albans School. At Westminster he pursued his love of rowing and was captain of boats. In the Royal Air Force (1955-8) he was squadron leader pathologist to RAF Hospital Akrotiri, where he studied the biggest epidemic of foodborne tonsillitis ever recorded. He enjoyed 17 years in general practice and the Harlow Industrial Health Service. In 1965 he was awarded a Council of Europe fellowship to study the provision of occupational health services to small industries in Norway, Sweden, and Finland.

In 1972, after full time study at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, he obtained the DIH and entered full time occupational medicine, ending his career as chief medical officer at the Post Office (1981-7). While in the Post Office, he produced a highly successful education programme on the early detection and management of alcoholism in industry which was widely used throughout industry. He was a member of the Royal College of Physicians Working Party on Alcohol (1986-7) and was awarded the FFOM/RCP London in November 1983.

He and his wife, Anne, retired to their much loved North Yorkshire, where he indulged in his favourite interest of York Minster and was a voluntary guide for 16 years.

He died on 17 March 2007 of complications following nephroureterectomy and radical cystoprostatectomy.


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