bmj;379/nov11_10/o2661/FAF1faJames Michael Gumpel (“Michael”) was born in Berlin. After taking A levels in languages at Highgate School, London, he eventually won a place at Trinity College Oxford to study medicine. He did his clinical training at St Thomas’ Hospital in London. He met his first wife, Shirley Fisher, while working at the Whittington Hospital in north London, and they were both awarded fellowships at the Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, USA, from 1962 to 1965.On returning to London, Michael was appointed consultant physician specialising in rheumatology and acute care medicine at Northwick Park Hospital, from its opening in 1970 and remained there until his retirement from the NHS in 1997. He pioneered treatment using colloidal gold and injections of radioisotopes such as yttrium to ease the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis. He co-authored 129 papers listed in PubMed between 1967 and 2003 in peer reviewed journals such as the Lancet, Annals…

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