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NABARRO, John David Nunes Sir

NABARRO, John David Nunes Sir[1, 2]

Male 1915 - 1998  (82 years)

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  • Name NABARRO, John David Nunes 
    Suffix Sir 
    Born 21 Dec 1915  Willesden, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Gender Male 
    Honors Diabetes UK Roll of Honour:

    The Diabetes UK Roll of Honour aims to acknowledge people who have played an exceptional role in the history of diabetes and who have made a significant contribution towards the charity's mission statement - to improve the lives of people with diabetes and to work towards a future without diabetes.  [4
    Died 28 Apr 1998  London, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Sir John David Nunes Nabarro was knighted in 1983
    • Sir John David Nunes Nabarro is a blood specialist.
    • Šindependent.co.uk

      Obituary: Sir John Nabarro
      Harry Keen
      Thursday, 14 May 1998

      IT WAS John Nabarro's broad concern for "the whole patient" in his or her family and social setting that drew him into diabetes, and through the British Diabetic Association made him such a tireless champion for the diabetes cause.

      He led the clinicians and scientists as Chairman of the Medical and Scientific Section of the association, indeed was one of its founder members; later, as Chairman of the association's Executive Committee, he argued and won the patients' case for NHS provision of blood glucose strips and modern syringes and insulins. He fostered the evolution of Diabetes Centres which have so greatly raised the quality of diabetes care in Britain and he promoted the recognition of diabetes as a major national public health problem as well as a personal medical predicament.

      Diabetes with its complications of blindness, amputations, kidney failure and heart attacks consumes about 10 per cent of the NHS budget. Nabarro contributed powerfully to the ongoing case that, with modern knowledge, much of the misery of diabetes can be prevented and its long-term costs greatly reduced, given the will and some shorter-term wherewithal to tackle it.

      Nabarro was a perfectionist in all he did, making great demands upon himself and expecting a like performance from those working with him. His credentials were excellent and his purposes uncompromising - to do the best for the patients and the issues for which he had responsibility.

      In today's jargon, he gave everything he did his "best shot". In the line of duty, he was no easy colleague. The words were few, but the flesh sizzled. To his patients he was a model physician, one who listened, supported and sympathised, encouraged and exhorted, inspired confidence, affection and sometimes awe.

      His intelligence, integrity and immense capacity for hard and sometimes defiant work were recognised by his colleagues in many ways. As a leading clinical endocrinologist, he attracted referrals of difficult and unusual problems from all over the country. His personal knowledge and experience were wide and unusually well organised, his coverage of the medical literature quite prodigious.

      As a teacher, a role he relished, he was meticulous and accurate with an impish humour and apposite anecdote that made his lessons memorable. The Royal College of Phys-icians and the Royal Society of Medicine elected him to high professional office. For the Department of Health, he undertook the near impossible task of fashioning a scheme to balance better the number of junior training posts and the number of consultant appointments ultimately available to accommodate them - and made a remarkably good job of it.

      It was in his "diabetes life" I knew him best, first as a highly focused clinical scientist, one of the group of bright young persons back from the Army and laying the foundations of sound, science-based medicine in the university departments which lived then in such productive symbiosis with the new NHS.

      His concern was with how best to correct the severe disturbance in the body's content of water and salts that occurs when diabetes gets out of control, later with methods for measuring the tiny quantities of insulin in the blood. He was above all a clinician and, despite his high specialism, a generalist doctor at heart.

      He was also a collector. As he demitted the Chair of the British Diabetic Association I had the pleasant duty of presenting him with a token of our esteem, a postage stamp for his collection. It was not difficult to discover which one to get, a rare "Dutch cover" which all the informed philatelic agencies knew he was after. He was surprised and delighted and proceeded to deliver a crisp, highly informed disquisition on the stamp and its provenance.

      He collected and analysed the case records of all of his diabetic patients and produced a masterly summary of almost 7,000 of them after he retired. He was so authoritative as sometimes to seem authoritarian. A senior consultant friend asked me why it was that, when "Nab" talked to him, he still felt like a junior house physician. When he first addressed me by my first name, I really felt that I had arrived.

      It was entirely in character that the weekend before his death John Nabarro was in North Yorkshire to deliver a philatelic discourse of high quality for which he had been preparing for some weeks. Though increasingly hard of hearing, he was also able to enjoy his grandson's singing in Ripon Cathedral choir. Soon after he returned home, a massive stroke rendered him unconscious and he died a few hours later in the arms of Joan, his wife, with his family around him.

      John David Nunes Nabarro, physician and endocrinologist: born London 21 December 1915; Consultant Physician, Middlesex Hospital 1954- 81 (Emeritus); Kt 1983; married 1948 Joan Cockrell (two sons, two daughters); died London 28 April 1998.


      http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/obituary-sir-john-nabarro-1159955.html
    • Former consultant physician Middlesex Hospital, from 1954 to 1981. The son of a pathologist, he was an extremely good general physician combining clinical skills with a scientific approach. John quickly realised the possibilities for exploiting the development of radioimmunoassays for peptide hormones and techniques for measuring thyroid and steroid hormones. He trained a large number of endocrinologists, many of whom rose to positions of distinction in Britain and abroad. An incredible hard worker he set a pace that tested the juniors who were fortunate enough to work with him. He was pre-eminent in clinical endocrinology and made major contributions to the studies of the pituitary and the treatment of pituitary disease, to analysis of adrenal function and dysfunction, and to reproductive endocrinology. At the same time he made important contributions to the field of diabetes, particularly in the management of diabetic keto-acidosis and the use of oral hypoglycaemic agents and new insulins. When he retired he became director of the Institute of Clinical Sciences. John was chairman of the executive council of the British Diabetic Association?he persuaded the government to give free prescriptions for disposable syringes and blood glucose test strips?a senior vice president of the Royal College of Physicians, 1977-9, and chairman of the Joint Consultants Committee, 1979-82. This involved critical discussions with the Department of Health, and during his chairmanship important decisions were made about the training of junior doctors, not the least was persuading people that there had to be a closer balance between the numbers being trained and the opportunities at consultant level. One of his chief interests was philately, particularly of the Netherlands. He leaves a wife, Joan (also a doctor); two sons; and two daughters.
    • Consultant physician and researcher.

      John made important contributions to the field of diabetes, particularly in the management of diabetic keto-acidosis and the use of oral hypoglycaemic agents and new insulins and persuaded the government to give free prescriptions for disposable syringes and blood glucose test strips.

      Appointed a Trustee in May 1975; Chair of Medical and Scientific Section of The BDA; then Chair of the Charity. Vice-President from 1990. [4]
    • Obituary: Sir John Nabarro

      It was John Nabarro's broad concern for "the whole patient" in his or her family and social setting that drew him into diabetes, and through the British Diabetic Association made him such a tireless champion for the diabetes cause.

      He led the clinicians and scientists as Chairman of the Medical and Scientific Section of the association, indeed was one of its founder members; later, as Chairman of the association's Executive Committee, he argued and won the patients' case for NHS provision of blood glucose strips and modern syringes and insulins. He fostered the evolution of Diabetes Centres which have so greatly raised the quality of diabetes care in Britain and he promoted the recognition of diabetes as a major national public health problem as well as a personal medical predicament.

      Diabetes with its complications of blindness, amputations, kidney failure and heart attacks consumes about 10 per cent of the NHS budget. Nabarro contributed powerfully to the ongoing case that, with modern knowledge, much of the misery of diabetes can be prevented and its long-term costs greatly reduced, given the will and some shorter-term wherewithal to tackle it.

      Nabarro was a perfectionist in all he did, making great demands upon himself and expecting a like performance from those working with him. His credentials were excellent and his purposes uncompromising - to do the best for the patients and the issues for which he had responsibility.

      In today's jargon, he gave everything he did his "best shot". In the line of duty, he was no easy colleague. The words were few, but the flesh sizzled. To his patients he was a model physician, one who listened, supported and sympathised, encouraged and exhorted, inspired confidence, affection and sometimes awe.

      His intelligence, integrity and immense capacity for hard and sometimes defiant work were recognised by his colleagues in many ways. As a leading clinical endocrinologist, he attracted referrals of difficult and unusual problems from all over the country. His personal knowledge and experience were wide and unusually well organised, his coverage of the medical literature quite prodigious.

      As a teacher, a role he relished, he was meticulous and accurate with an impish humour and apposite anecdote that made his lessons memorable. The Royal College of Phys-icians and the Royal Society of Medicine elected him to high professional office. For the Department of Health, he undertook the near impossible task of fashioning a scheme to balance better the number of junior training posts and the number of consultant appointments ultimately available to accommodate them - and made a remarkably good job of it.

      It was in his "diabetes life" I knew him best, first as a highly focused clinical scientist, one of the group of bright young persons back from the Army and laying the foundations of sound, science-based medicine in the university departments which lived then in such productive symbiosis with the new NHS.

      His concern was with how best to correct the severe disturbance in the body's content of water and salts that occurs when diabetes gets out of control, later with methods for measuring the tiny quantities of insulin in the blood. He was above all a clinician and, despite his high specialism, a generalist doctor at heart.

      He was also a collector. As he demitted the Chair of the British Diabetic Association I had the pleasant duty of presenting him with a token of our esteem, a postage stamp for his collection. It was not difficult to discover which one to get, a rare "Dutch cover" which all the informed philatelic agencies knew he was after. He was surprised and delighted and proceeded to deliver a crisp, highly informed disquisition on the stamp and its provenance.

      He collected and analysed the case records of all of his diabetic patients and produced a masterly summary of almost 7,000 of them after he retired. He was so authoritative as sometimes to seem authoritarian. A senior consultant friend asked me why it was that, when "Nab" talked to him, he still felt like a junior house physician. When he first addressed me by my first name, I really felt that I had arrived.

      It was entirely in character that the weekend before his death John Nabarro was in North Yorkshire to deliver a philatelic discourse of high quality for which he had been preparing for some weeks. Though increasingly hard of hearing, he was also able to enjoy his grandson's singing in Ripon Cathedral choir. Soon after he returned home, a massive stroke rendered him unconscious and he died a few hours later in the arms of Joan, his wife, with his family around him.

      John David Nunes Nabarro, physician and endocrinologist: born London 21 December 1915; Consultant Physician, Middlesex Hospital 1954- 81 (Emeritus); Kt 1983; married 1948 Joan Cockrell (two sons, two daughters); died London 28 April 1998. [5]
    • Occupation: Endocrinologist.
    Person ID I812  Nabarro Genealogy
    Last Modified 15 Dec 2010 

    Father NABARRO, Dr. David Nunes,   b. 27 Feb 1874, London, Middlesex, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Oct 1958  (Age 84 years) 
    Mother WEBSTER, Florence Nora,   b. 26 Oct 1883,   d. 22 Dec 1966  (Age 83 years) 
    Family ID F361  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family COCKRELL, Dr. Joan,   b. 3 Aug 1923 
    Married 2 Oct 1948  Chelmsford, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Children 
    +1. Living
    +2. NABARRO, Dr. Ann M.,   b. 31 Jul 1951, St Pancras, London, England, UK Find all individuals with events at this location
    +3. Living
     4. Living
    Last Modified 13 Dec 2010 
    Family ID F363  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Nabarro, John David Nunes Sir - 1915 - I812
    Nabarro, John David Nunes Sir - 1915 - I812

    Documents
    Department of Health and Social Security
    Department of Health and Social Security
    Mentioning Sir John Nabarro
    Nabarro, Sir John David Nunes - 1915 - I812
    Nabarro, Sir John David Nunes - 1915 - I812
    Obituaries www.bmj.com

  • Sources 
    1. [S128] UK Medical Register.


    2. [S150] England & Wales Marriage Index 1916-2005.


    3. [S21] Birth Indexes for England and Wales.

    4. [S75] Miscellaneous Sites Online, http://www.diabetes.org.uk/About_us/Who_we_are/History/Diabetes-UK-Roll-of-Honour/#Nabarro.

    5. [S75] Miscellaneous Sites Online, http://www.independent.co.uk/news/obituaries/obituary%E2%80%93sir%E2%80%93john%E2%80%93nabarro%E2%80%931159955.html.

    6. [S23] Marriage Indexes for England and Wales.