b.12 October 1933 d.2 October 2011
MB BChir Cantab(1957) MRCP(1961) MRACP(1965) FRACP(1973) FRCP(1977)
Brian Alec Latham was a consultant rheumatologist at the Royal Sussex County Hospital, Brighton. He was born in Leigh-on-Sea, Essex, the only child of Frederick William Latham, an accountant. He attended Bishop’s Stortford College, where he enjoyed swimming, cricket, taking part in theatrical productions and cycling into the surrounding countryside in his free time. He went on to read natural sciences at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, and carried out his clinical studies at Guy’s Hospital Medical School. He qualified in 1957.
He was a senior house officer at Southmead Hospital in Bristol from 1959 to 1960 and then started training as a rheumatology registrar at the London Hospital under William Tegner [Munk’s Roll, Vol.VI, p.433] and Michael Mason [Munk’s Roll, Vol.VII, p.386]. From 1964 to 1965 he was a Spurway fellow at the Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney, Australia.
In 1967 he was appointed as a consultant rheumatologist in Brighton, where he remained until his retirement.
Outside medicine, he was a keen walker and bird watcher, and enjoyed visiting country houses and gardens. He was also interested in music, the theatre and travel.
He faced a number of major health problems throughout his life. He developed ankylosing spondylitis as a student, had a heart attack at 46 and non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma of the tonsil at 52, and experienced an episode of severe hyponatraemia a year before he died.
In 1959 he married Sheila née Pointing, a nurse. They had three daughters, Carolyn, Susan and Catherine, and three grandchildren.
[BMJ 2012 344 3395 www.bmj.com/content/344/bmj.e3395?hwoasp=authn%3A1480763692%3A1019339%3A1454528901%3A0%3A0%3Aqza9mGKOKmaQUXC8QbswRw%3D%3D – accessed 2 December 2016]
(Volume XII, page web)
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