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Peter Berman was drawn to geriatric medicine early in his training, and became a passionate advocate for the specialty. Soon after his appointment as consultant geriatrician in Nottingham he carried out a randomised controlled trial of stroke unit care, which showed significant benefits in terms of disability and psychological outcomes. Pete joined the Stroke Unit Triallists' Collaboration, and contributed to its influential series of systematic reviews. With colleagues in Europe he published a series of comparisons of the process of stroke rehabilitation in different countries.
Pete developed the craft of stroke rehabilitation with characteristic concern for what patients experience. The Nottingham Stroke Unit became a beacon of good practice, attracting visitors from around the world. Pete led the strategic development of stroke services in Nottingham, and was a member of the executive committee of the newly formed British Association of Stroke Physicians.
As a trainer, teacher, and mentor, Pete inspired enormous affection as well as respect, and he served as regional adviser to the Royal College of Physicians.
Pete was very good company, knowledgeable about railways (after childhood adventures with steam), and about the history of everything. An enthusiastic and expert cyclist, during his illness he achieved his ambition to conquer an infamously difficult climb in France, the Mont Ventoux.
He leaves a wife, Ditte (a general practitioner), and three sons.
Former consultant geriatrician and director Stroke Unit, City Hospital, Nottingham (b 1953; q University College Hospital, London, 1976; FRCP), died from cancer of the prostate on 11 August 2007.