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ESDAILE, Philippa Chichele (1888 - 1989), Reader in Biology, University of London, and Head of Biology Department, King’s College of Household and Social Science, 1921–51

THOMPSON, Richard (Paul Hepworth) (born 1940), Physician to the Queen and Head of HM Medical Household, 1993–2005 (Physician to the Royal Household, 1982–93); Consultant Physician, St Thomas’ Hospital, 1972–2005, now Emeritus Consultant, and Governor, since 2007, Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Trust; President, Royal College of Physicians, 2010–14

CUNNINGHAM, John (born 1949), Professor of Nephrology, University College London, and Consultant Nephrologist, Royal Free Hospital and University College London Hospitals, since 2003; Physician to the Queen and Head of HM Medical Household, 2005–14 (Physician to the Royal Household, 1993–2005); Physician, King Edward VII’s Hospital Sister Agnes (formerly King Edward VII’s Hospital for Officers), since 1993

DAWSON, Anthony (Michael) (1928 - 1997), Physician to the Royal Household, 1974–82, to the Queen, 1982–93, and Head of HM Medical Household, 1989–93; Physician, King Edward VII Hospital for Officers, since 1968; Consulting Physician, St Bartholomew’s Hospital, since 1986 (Physician, 1965–86)

THOMAS, Huw Jeremy Wyndham (born 1958), Consultant Physician and Gastroenterologist, St Mary’s Hospital, London, since 1994; Professor of Gastrointestinal Genetics, Imperial College London, since 2007; Physician to the Queen and Head of HM Medical Household, since 2014

BAYLISS, Richard (Ian Samuel) (1917 - 2006), Physician to the Queen, 1970–81, and Head of HM Medical Household, 1973–81; Consultant Physician, King Edward VII’s Hospital for Officers, 1964–87; Vice-President, Private Patients Plan, 1989–98 (Director, 1979–89)


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The adult member of the household who is identified as the principal decision maker. This was traditionally the male head, who was often the principal, or only, income earner. In household interview surveys, this individual may be the respondent for the family, although the mother may be a better source of information about children's nutritional intake and health status. In some situations, the head of the household is asked to give informed consent on behalf of all household members, but this is not ethically acceptable for research involving human subjects. In parts of Sub-Saharan Africa, where HIV/AIDS has decimated adult populations, the head of the household may be the oldest of several preadolescent children. Functionally, sociologists identify several varieties of decision making within families or households. Three simple categories are democratic, in which decision making is discussed by all, and all agree to the decision; autocratic, in which the head of the family or household decides for all without discussion; and autonomous, in which each member of the family or household makes decisions independently of the others.

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