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Dr Barry Hoffbrand: distinguished former editor of the Postgraduate Medical Journal
  1. Donald RJ Singer
  1. Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Donald Singer, President, Fellowship of Postgraduate Medicine, London W1G 9EB, UK; fpm.chandos{at}

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Former Editor-in-Chief of the Postgraduate Medical Journal Dr Barry Ian Hoffbrand died suddenly on April 24, 2020 at the age of 86.

A prominent member of a generation of very bright young doctors at University College Hospital (UCH) in London who went on to distinguished careers, he was much admired for his keen intellect, clinical perception and skills, gentle good humour and kindly nature, combined with a wonderfully sharp intelligence. Professor Dame Jane Dacre remembered him as ‘a kind, witty, clever man, and a great physician’.

He was born in Bradford, West Yorkshire, to Philip Hoffbrand, a bespoke tailor, and Minnie (née Freedman), both from Jewish families from Eastern Europe. After Bradford Grammar School, he went up to read medicine from 1952 to 1956 at The Queen’s College, Oxford, where he was a keen member of the college cricket team—the Quondams. He was pleased to feature in the 1950s on the silver Quondams Cup. Clinical training on a Goldsmid scholarship followed from 1956 to 1958 at UCH Medical School, London, where he was awarded prizes in clinical pathology and haematology. His postgraduate medical training was mainly at UCH, where he was house physician to Max (later Lord) Rosenheim, after an initial 6 months at St Luke’s Hospital, Bradford. He also spent a year as senior research fellow from 1967 to 1968 at the Cardiovascular Research Institute, at the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco. Barry’s research on cardiovascular physiology lead to a DM in 1971 from Oxford University.

Barry was appointed in 1970 as a consultant physician at the Whittington Hospital and honorary senior clinical lecturer at UCH Medical School, with interests in general and …

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