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After house jobs in London and Lancashire, Basil Seltzer went into practice in one of the less affluent areas of Glasgow. Always passionate about high quality medical care, he became one of the driving forces in setting up Glasgow's Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice, which opened in 1983. At that time, hospices were still a novelty. As chair of the Friends of the Hospice, he was instrumental in promoting the idea of palliative care, as well as raising funds for this new venture. After retiring, he travelled extensively until forced to stop by ill health, but his capacity for inventive thought and lengthy conversation persisted. He leaves his second wife, Fiona, and a daughter by his first marriage, a consultant psychiatrist in London.
Former general practitioner Maryhill, Glasgow (b 1926, q Anderson's College, Glasgow, 1948; MRCP), died from renal failure and ischaemic heart disease on 7 February 2007.