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BMJ. 2007 November 17; 335(7628): 1051.
PMCID: PMC2078630

Herbert Lumley Matthews

Born in Burma, Herbert Lumley Matthews (“Bertie”) decided to become a doctor after the death of an elder brother, a medical student, from septicaemia in the late 1930s. He obtained the MRCP in 1951 and was awarded an MD in 1963 for a thesis on Conn's syndrome. After a rotating senior registrar post in Leicester, Sheffield, and Derby, he was appointed consultant in Derby in 1965. He was an astute, widely admired physician and had a passion for teaching. Unfortunately, in 1983 he developed spinal problems, which severely curtailed his activities. He endured many operations designed to improve his mobility and relieve pain. He worked intermittently but not after 1988. More recent surgery improved his condition enormously, and he was able to enjoy many holidays here and abroad. He leaves his wife, Gillian, who supported him magnificently, and three daughters, of whom he was immensely proud.


Former consultant in endocrinology Derbyshire Royal Infirmary (b 13 October 1924; q Manchester 1947; MD, FRCP), died from complications following a fall at home on 10 June 2007.

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