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David Paine qualified in Medicine at Manchester University and went on to become a general practitioner, developing a keen interest in complementary and alternative medicine. He took this interest very seriously and went to China to study Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), and returned to practise acupuncture. However, he found that he could not devote sufficient time for this within NHS General Practice and went into private practice. He insisted that his practice of acupuncture should adhere strictly to traditional principles and he ran his own courses to teach TCM acupuncture to other doctors. He invented his own cun measuring device — a piece of elastic with regularly spaced knots so that he could accurately measure distances in cun on any anatomical site on a body of any shape or size. David was a founder member of the British Medical Acupuncture Society in 1980. He served on the first committee and was elected Chairman 1 year later. When the Society decided to set up in-house courses to teach acupuncture to other doctors, David undertook the task of lecturing on the TCM aspect of acupuncture, which he did for a number of years. Later he studied TCM Herbal Medicine, as well as Homoeopathy and Hypnotherapy, and combined all of these therapies in his private medical practice.
In addition to medicine he had a love of music, particularly enjoying Gilbert and Sullivan, and was an accomplished singer. When he could no longer sing he improved his piano playing and attended music festivals. He had a cottage in the Peak District and loved to spend time there with his wife Ann. David will always be remembered as being a quiet, well-mannered gentleman, invariably smartly dressed and usually wearing a bow-tie. He developed Parkinson’s disease and, after a fairly long illness, died in a nursing home in Northampton. He is survived by his wife Ann, four children, two step-daughters and five grandchildren.
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