Lives of the fellows

John Pascoe Bound

b.13 November 1920 d.12 September 2011
MB BS Lond(1943) MRCS LRCP(1943) DCH(1943) MD(1950) MRCP(1950) FRCP(1971)

John Pascoe Bound was a consultant paediatrician at Victoria Hospital, Blackpool. Born in Redhill, Surrey, he was the son of George William Bound, a horticulturalist, and his wife, May Irene née Emsley, whose father Albert was a civil servant. After attending Reigate Grammar School, he studied medicine at London University and University College Hospital (UCH). After qualifying in 1943, he spent some time as house physician at UCH and at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool, before joining the RAMC to do his National Service. He served from 1944 to 1947 and, during this time, spent 12 months in India as a member of a sprue research team.

On demobilisation he did house jobs at the North Middlesex Hospital and then became registrar, then senior registrar, in paediatrics at Hillingdon Hospital, before he returned to the department of paediatrics at UCH in 1953. Three years later, he was appointed a consultant paediatrician at the Victoria Hospital in Blackpool and remained there for 27 years from 1956 to 1983.

He became an expert on newborn babies and his work in this field gained international recognition. The author or co-author of some 29 papers, he published several on the topic of perinatal mortality and also on the epidemiology of health problems in his area such as – with W F Logan - ‘Incidence of congenital heart disease in Blackpool 1957-71’ (Br Heart J, 1977, 39, 445-50). Long after retirement he continued his research and was still publishing in the late 1990s. In 1995 an article written collaboratively with B J Francis and F W Hardy ‘Down’s syndrome: prevalence and ionising radiation in an area of north west England 1957-91’ (J Epidemiol Community Health, 1995, 49, 164-70), was discussed widely in the non-medical press as it linked the incidence of Down’s syndrome with exposure to radiation and suggested a relationship between a peak of cases in 1958 and the fire at the Windscale (now Sellafield) nuclear plant (The Guardian 12 April 1995).

On the academic board of the British Paediatric Association from 1972 to 1975, he was also a member of the committee which produced the Report from the Expert Group on Special Care for Babies published by the Department of Health and Social Security in 1971.

A keen fell-walker, he particularly enjoyed hiking in the Lake District. His enthusiastic support for Blackpool football team continued throughout his life and he was a season ticket holder until his death. Philately was another of his interests, as was photography – he published a book of his photographs Borrowdale beauty (Lytham St Annes, J P Bound, 2000).

In 1944 he married Gwendoline Iris (‘Gwen’) née West-Taylor, whose father, Percy, was a professor of music. They had two daughters, Anne and Sarah. Gwen predeceased him and, when he died suddenly, he was survived by their daughters, four grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

RCP editor

[BMJ 2011 343 7362 - accessed 5 October 2015]

(Volume XII, page web)

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