THE MAN WHO MOST INFLUENCED MEBMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7009.852a (Published 30 September 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:852
- C S Breathnach
- works in the Department of Human Anatomy and Physiology, University College Dublin
Teaching by subterfuge
Born in Arklow in August 1897, John Duffy graduated from University College Dublin in 1922. He early fell victim to tuberculosis and spent periods in Swiss and Scandinavian sanatoriums. Thereafter he devoted his life, until his unexpected death on 2 September 1957, to the scientific study of tuberculosis and to the lay and professional antituberculosis campaigns necessary to shake the authorities out of their lethargy and indifference.
Rialto Chest Hospital in Dublin became part of the municipal Tuberculosis Service in 1943, with Dr Duffy as resident medical superintendent. Within a few years despite its Poor Law past, Rialto developed a reputation …