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Renowned Northwick Park Hospital Anaesthetist remembered

John Nunn, a former Head of Anaesthesia at Northwick Park Hospital, has left behind a legacy that spans medicine, geology, and Egyptology.

Nunn’s career began with a posting to the Far East in 1949 as a surgical assistant with the Colonial Medical Service. Despite having never performed surgery, he impressed senior colleagues with his innovative suggestion of a blind nasal intubation on a patient with a jaw tumour. This pivotal moment directed him towards a career in anaesthetics.

Upon returning to the UK, Nunn’s career flourished. He wrote numerous influential papers and held prestigious positions, including Dean of the Faculty of Anaesthetists at the Royal College of Surgeons and President of the Section of Anaesthetics at the Royal Society of Medicine. In 1988, he was the first recipient of the Ivan Magill Medal for his outstanding contributions to anaesthetics.

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Retirement for Nunn was not a period of rest but an opportunity to delve into his passion for geology. He joined the first post-war expedition to Svalbard immediately after graduating from medical school. His dedication to geology earned him the Richardson Award, making him the first amateur geologist to receive this honour, and he was later elected as a Fellow of the Geographical Society.

Nunn also spent 20 years studying Egyptian hieroglyphics at the British Museum, ultimately publishing a book on Egyptian medicine and a hieroglyphic version of The Tale of Peter Rabbit, co-authored with Richard Parkinson.

John Nunn passed away in 2022 after a short illness, leaving behind a diverse and impactful legacy.

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