I've just learnt, via the Daily Telegraph website that Doctor Rob Buckman has died. Perhaps saddest of all is that he died in October and the Telegraph has only just got around to publishing an obituary. A quick Google search shows that the Telegraph and I are behind the times. Everyone else seems to have put their obituaries out in October.
He was working to the end, making a short series of films with Terry Jones of Python fame, on health the week before he died.
One medical reason for my undying gratitude to Rob Buckman is his book What You Really Need To Know About Cancer which I bought in early 1999 from a bookshop in Blackheath on the day that I found that my sister in law had secondary cancer in the liver. I wanted to know more about cancer and that book became, and remains, my go to reference. It is superb, unflinching and honest. It does not let the reader, be they a patient or a relative, down.
So thank you, Rob Buckman. And good bye.