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BMJ. 2007 September 15; 335(7619): 569.
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William Keith Davidson

Keith Davidson was born in Partick, Glasgow, in 1926. He began his medical education at St Mungo's College, which two years later was absorbed into Glasgow University, and after graduation in 1949 and a year in general practice in the Gorbals district of Glasgow, he was called up for national service in 1950.

He was posted to the 1st Battalion RSF (Royal Scots Fusiliers) in Munster, Germany, initially, and this was followed by the 14th Field Ambulance in Iserlohn and, finally, with the rank of major, medical officer in charge of Holland and Belgium.

He married fellow medical student Mary Jamieson in 1952 and after demobilisation was taken into partnership with his father in law in Chryston and Ruchazie, where he worked for 39 years.

He was co-opted on to the Glasgow local medical committee in 1957, becoming chairman 1971-5, and he was one of the Glasgow representatives on the Scottish General Medical Services Committee, later becoming chairman 1972-5. After that he was appointed deputy chairman of the General Medical Services Committee for the United Kingdom during 1975-9. In 1978 he became chairman of the Scottish Council of the BMA and was also a member of the Scottish Medical Practices Committee during 1968-80.

He was a fellow of the BMA, Royal College of General Practitioners, and Royal Society of Medicine and was awarded a CBE in 1982 and also in that year was appointed vice president of the BMA.

In 1984 he was appointed Chairman of the Scottish Health Services Planning Council—the first general practitioner to hold this position—and also was a member of the General Medical Council in 1984-94, being especially involved with disciplinary hearings.

Involvement in medical politics to such as extent left little time for hobbies, especially with someone with a severe degree of dyslexia coping with the required preparation for meetings, but from 1956 to 1971 he was session clerk of Ruchazie Church and also from 1983 to 1995 of Stepps Parish Church, as well as chairman of Chryston High School Board during 1995-8.

He lived in the midst of his practice for 55 years and died in his home on 21 May 2007. He is survived by his wife, son, daughter, and two granddaughters.


Former general practitioner Glasgow, and medicopolitician (b 1926; q Glasgow 1949; CBE, FRCGP, DPA), d 21 May 2007.

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