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After graduating, Patrick Joseph Evanson Smyth spent his years as a junior doctor in Brighton and surrounding areas. During this time he developed and increasing interest in anaesthesia. This took him back to Guy's, where he was a registrar rotating between London and East Grinstead. Following the birth of his second child he moved to primary care and became a partner at St Johns (later Falkland) Surgery in Newbury. In this role he provided anaesthetic services to Newbury and Reading Hospitals in addition to his duties as a general practitioner. He was a keen member and secretary of the Newbury Medical Society. After 25 years in primary care he decided to take early retirement, and joined a medicolegal firm where he worked part time until his final illness. Outside work he was an enthusiastic gardener and golfer. He is survived by his wife, Libby, and sons Edward, a surgical trainee, and Oliver, a medical student.