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BMJ. 2007 May 19; 334(7602): 1063.
PMCID: PMC1871756

Michael Edward Glanvill

Born in Warwickshire, Michael Glanvill moved to Chard with his parents in the early 1930s, when his father bought a practice there. After national service in the Royal Air Force he joined his father in practice in 1949 and practised there until his retirement in 1982. He was an innovator, being a founder member of the Royal College of General Practitioners and was one of the first general practitioners to employ a practice nurse. In fact he and his wife, the said nurse, were involved in a celebrated legal battle with the Department of Health and Social Security over the issue of employment of related ancillary staff. Michael had a long standing involvement with first aid and was a divisional surgeon for the St John Ambulance brigade for many years, eventually becoming a serving brother. He developed a considerable interest in forensic medicine and contributed papers and articles to magazines such as the Criminologist. His numerous interests included caving, scuba diving, and latterly hang gliding, and for a number of years he was honorary medical warden to the Mendip Rescue Organisation and a medical referee to the British Sub Aqua Club. In his retirement he studied Russian and also obtained an Open University arts degree, as well as taking up fly fishing. He was predeceased by six months by his wife, Mary, and leaves three children, Peter, Wendy, and Ailsa, as well as four grandchildren. Peter continues to practise as a general practitioner in Chard.


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