British Medical Journal

 John Craven
 
bmj;380/feb03_8/p253/FAF1faMedicine has lost one of its most colourful characters. Having completed his basic surgical training in Manchester in 1960, John Craven and his wife, Pauline, set out to satisfy their intrepid desire to explore the world. Their initial plans to work in Borneo were foiled by wars and insurrections and John went to work with Ian McAdam in Kampala, Uganda. Many memorable moments were exemplified by being escorted at gun point to meet General Idi Amin; they got on well and John thereafter became the doctor to members of Amin?s family.Children?s education took precedence over the offer to stay in Africa. A position with Les Hughes in Cardiff enabled John to develop links with surgeons in Japan and introduce new techniques in the surgery of stomach cancer. He returned to the north as a consultant in York.John is remembered for his sound opinions, a great sense of humour, and his...