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Biographical entry Good, Christopher John (1946 - 2014)

MB BS London 1969; MRCS LRCP 1969; FRCS 1974.

Barnstaple, Devon
13 October 2014
Orthopaedic surgeon and Trauma surgeon


Chris Good was a consultant orthopaedic and trauma surgeon at Newham General, Queen Mary's and Blackheath hospitals in London. He was born in Barnstaple, Devon, in 1946. His father was clerk of works for South Molton. When Chris was eight the family moved to Northern Rhodesia; his father became clerk of works to Zambia, after the country gained independence. In 1962 Chris went to England to study for A levels and gained entry to the London Hospital Medical College in 1964. He qualified MB BS and MRCS LRCP in 1969.

He held house posts at the London Hospital and was then a senior registrar at St George's. In 1983 he was appointed to his consultant post at Newham, and three years later joined the staff of Queen Mary's Hospital.

Chris's attitudes to life were very much formed by his time in Africa. He was keen to pass on his considerable knowledge to those who showed any enthusiasm. This has been reinforced by letters to his widow from previous trainees. He was an excellent contributor at the weekly multidisciplinary team meetings, always aided by a prodigious memory.

Perhaps his most unacknowledged contribution to medicine was his willingness to let his anaesthetist Archie Brain 'experiment' on his patients on the operating list. This led to the laryngeal mask, which is in universal use today in every operating theatre in the land.

In his life outside medicine his memory was a major asset in his love of music, plants (he was gardening at sunrise most days) and food; he could recall menus, wines and their vintages and was always eager to discuss them.

He passed on his love of music (as a listener and performer) to his boys; he loved cricket, but the boys were divided between that and rugby. He was an astute investor in musical instruments and modern art.

In 1969 he married Dorothy Harris, a fellow student within the University of London, who became a history teacher. Chris Good died in 2014. She survived him, together with their two sons and two grandchildren.

John King

The Royal College of Surgeons of England