Lives of the fellows

George Keith Howard Hodgkin

b.30 May 1918 d.2 June 1999
BM BCh Oxon(1943) MA(1944) MRCP(1949) FRCGP(1970) FRCP(1973)

Keith Hodgkin was a general practitioner on Teeside. He was born in Banbury, Oxfordshire, the son of George Lloyd Hodgkin, a banker, and Mary Fletcher née Wilson, the daughter of a businessman. He attended the Dragon’s School in Oxford and then Gresham’s. He went on to study medicine at Oxford.

During the war, he served as a surgeon lieutenant in the RNVR and was mentioned in despatches. After the war he became a registrar in morbid anatomy at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford. He was subsequently a general practitioner. He was a meticulous record keeper, particularly of his own mistakes. His book Towards earlier diagnosis: A family doctor’s approach, etc (Edinburgh and London, E & S Livingstone, 1963) influenced many generations of GPs. From 1973 to 1978 he was a professor of general practice in Newfoundland, Canada. He was a founder member of the Royal College of General Practitioners.

He married his wife Rosemary (‘Ro’), the daughter of a surgeon, in 1946, and they had two daughters and a son. He died from coronary heart disease.

RCP editor

[Brit.med.J., 1999,319,323]

(Volume XI, page 268)

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