Lives of the fellows

Peter John Cook

b.21 November 1944 d.25 January 2009
BSc Bristol(1966) MB ChB(1969) MRCP(1972) MD(1983) FRCP(1991)

Peter John Cook was a consultant physician in Oxford with special responsibility for the elderly. He was born in Cheltenham, the son of Horace Frederick Cook, a company director, and his wife, Irene Winifred. Educated at Cheltenham Grammar School, he went on to study medicine at Bristol University, qualifying in 1969. After early appointments at the Whittington Hospital in London from 1972 to 1973 and University College Hospital from 1973 to 1976, he began to specialise in geriatric medicine with the post of senior registrar at St Thomas’ Hospital.

In 1978 he joined Dame Sheila Sherlock [Munk’s Roll, Vol.XI, p.514] at the Royal Free Hospital as honorary instructor and senior registrar in general medicine and clinical pharmacology. In 1986 he became consultant physician with special responsibility for the elderly at the John Radcliffe Hospital and the Radcliffe Infirmary in Oxford.

His MD thesis had been on the pharmacodynamics of diazepam and ageing, and he continued to publish articles on similar topics. He enjoyed playing football and was captain of the United Bristol Hospitals Rugby Football Club in 1978. Other interests were the study of natural histology and the restoration of old cars.

In 1982 he married Christine Monica who was a senior nurse and they are known to have had at least one child.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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