And in an era when no-one dreamed of questioning their family doctor, few imagined that Eastbourne's dearest Dr John Bodkin Adams might have been getting rich bymurdering his patients and pocketing generous bequests from their wills.
The Curious Habits Of Doctor Adams: a 1950s Murder Mystery by Jane Robins (John Murray, PS20, ebook PS10.99) IN the sedate Sussex coastal town of Eastbourne in the 1950s, where a quarter of the population was retired, the support provided by Dr John Bodkin Adams sparked rumours for more than 20 years.
Performed by two doctors, it features the stories of two notorious British GPs - Harold Shipman and John Bodkin Adams. There's also mention of a more recent rogue doctor, shamed Solihull surgeon Ian Paterson, last month jailed for 15 years for wounding with intent.
ONE of the most notorious unsolved murder cases of the 50s centred on Dr John Bodkin Adams. Adams, from Eastbourne, E Sussex, was acquitted in 1957 of killing Edith Alice Morrell - a wealthy 81-year-old who left her Rolls-Royce to him.