Michael Harry Clark | The BMJ

Michael Harry Clark (“Mike”), common practitioner and complementary drugs practitioner in Southampton, died unexpectedly in his sleep on 2 March 2023, aged 78 years.

Mike was born in 1944 in Manchester, the one little one of Fred and Reenie. He attended William Hulme’s Grammar Faculty on a scholarship, leaving to undertake officer coaching at Dartmouth Naval School. It was whereas at sea that seeing the work of the ship’s physician impressed him to vary profession and grow to be a health care provider himself. He studied drugs at Birmingham, including an intercalated diploma in physiology earlier than qualifying in 1970 with a distinction in psychiatry. It was within the early days at medical college that he met Anna, and so they married after he had certified, and so they raised three kids collectively.

After home jobs in Barnstaple, posts in psychiatry, obstetrics, and paediatrics, and a traineeship in Cornwall, the younger household moved overseas, first to the Seychelles after which to the Solomon Islands. Right here Mike undertook common medical duties and paediatrics and within the Seychelles had the added title of “lunacy commissioner.” All this was interspersed with public well being initiatives similar to instigating a glass bottle return service, which efficiently diminished the frequency with which barefooted kids have been injured from the damaged glass that had beforehand littered the paths on the island.

After 4 years abroad Mike returned to the UK and for the subsequent 15 years was a GP principal in Woolston, Southampton. This was a secure and glad observe, which was properly established in the neighborhood. He was often called a compassionate physician, significantly with sufferers with terminal sicknesses. All through this era, he continued to develop his expertise with acupuncture and homeopathy, which he practised alongside his NHS common observe. He then left common observe and for the final 9 years of his profession, he practised complementary drugs, in Southampton and London, working in partnership with the late George Lewith. He retired from drugs in 2006.

Retirement allowed his love of journey and crusing to flourish. Mike and Anna sailed their boat across the Channel and to France. They trekked and explored Buddhist websites in India, Myanmar, and Thailand. These ventures have been interspersed with grandparenting and a mutual absorption of their productive backyard.

Mike leaves Anna, his spouse of 52 years; three kids (Nathalie, Tamsin, and Toby); and three grandchildren (Amy, Max, and Miles).

GP and complementary drugs practitioner Southampton (b 1944; q Birmingham, 1970; DObst RCOG, Dip Med Ac, MFHom), died from myocardial infarction on 2 March 2023

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