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Ian Allen was born, brought up, trained, and worked in the west of Scotland. After training in Glasgow, he worked for 27 years as a consultant in Lanarkshire, working in several different units as the obstetrics and gynaecology service moved around the county. He was a powerful advocate of the importance of psychosomatic factors in reproductive health problems and was a leading member (sometime chair) of both the British and the international societies for psychosomatic disorders in obstetrics and gynaecology. For many years he provided the only psychosexual counselling service in Lanarkshire. He was a thorough and caring clinician who early recognised the importance of risk management, clinical governance, and information technology. His diligent committee work in these unglamorous areas earned him much respect.
A committed Quaker, peace advocate, vegetarian, and teetotaller, Ian suffered an unheralded myocardial infarction. He leaves his wife and two children.
Consultant obstetrician and gynaecologist Wishaw General Hospital, Lanarkshire (b 1945; q Glasgow 1968; FRCOG), died from a heart attack on 17 June 2007.