Professor George Lewith was a qualified physician and general practitioner who had recently retired from clinical practice. He conducted research within primary care and complementary medicine over the last 35 years, largely based at the University of Southampton where he led an internationally respected integrated medicine research group within the medical school’s department of primary medical care.
Professor Lewith combined his scientific interests – including over 300 primary research papers and a series of substantial grants from various charities and the major UK medical research funding bodies – with a busy clinical practice in integrated medicine.
George was a friend not only to all of the acupuncture profession, be it traditional, medical or physiotherapist – he was a member of all three professional bodies – but to the whole of complementary medicine. As well as being a research leader he was also politically savvy, working tirelessly up front and behind the scenes to try to bring acupuncture and CAM further into the mainstream. Nobody did more.
At the same time, both for individuals and organisations, George was always incredibly generous with his time and wise advice, though he could be blunt about woolly thinking. He was the go-to person for any serious media debate, whether written or broadcast, for he was invariably better informed and sharper than his opponents, and could mix it with the best (and worst) of them.
We have lost a guiding hand, a wise counsellor, a dynamic achiever, an all-round good guy, and our world will be a poorer place without him.
Mark BoveyBAcC Research Manager
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