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Guest editorial: a tribute to the Very Reverend Edward Shotter (FCMME)
  1. Raanan Gillon1,
  2. Kenneth Boyd2,
  3. Margaret Brazier3,
  4. Alastair Campbell4,
  5. Andrew Goddard5,
  6. Wing May Kong6,
  7. Sylvia Limerick7,
  8. Stephen Lock8,
  9. Jonathan Montgomery9
  1. 1 Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College London, London, UK
  2. 2 Medical School, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh, UK
  3. 3 Law Department, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
  4. 4 Centre for Biomedical Ethics, National University of Singapore, Singapore city, Singapore
  5. 5 Royal College of Physicians, London, UK
  6. 6 Medical School, Imperial College London, London, UK
  7. 7 West Hoathly, West Sussex, UK
  8. 8 Alde House Drive, 3 Alde House, Aldeburgh, UK
  9. 9 UCL Laws, University College London, London, UK
  1. Correspondence to Professor Raanan Gillon, Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Imperial College London (Charing Cross Campus), London, W6 8RP, United Kingdom; raanan.gillon{at}

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We wish to describe and acknowledge the exceptional contributions to medical ethics, both in the UK and internationally, made by Edward Shotter1 who died at home on 3 July 2019. He was founder of the London Medical Group2 3 and instigator of similar student-led medical ethics groups throughout the UK; founder of the Institute of Medical Ethics4 and founder of the Journal of Medical Ethics.

Ted Shotter transformed the study of medical ethics in the UK in the interests of patients and professionals alike. In 1963, he established the pioneering ‘Medical Group’ model (initially in London but quickly spreading across the UK), an innovative bottom-up method whereby students in the health professions could gain a grounding in ethics that had previously been denied to the profession.5 It was with these Medical Groups (presenting to and administering them) that many of the leading figures in contemporary UK medical ethics and law began their careers in the subject including Sir Kenneth Calman, Sir Ian Kennedy, Professor Margaret Brazier OBE, Professor John Harris and Professor Sir Jonathan Montgomery to name but …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

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  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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