Roger Michael HardistyIan Antrobus HarrisJohn PricePeter Remington WilsonBMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7113.955 (Published 11 October 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:955
Roger Michael Hardisty
Professor of paediatric haematology Institute of Child Health 1969-87 (b London 1922; q St Thomas's 1944; MD, FRCP), died of cancer of the stomach on 18 September 1997. After house jobs and national service in the Royal Army Medical Corps, Roger trained in clinical pathology at St Thomas's Hospital, concentrating on haematology and particularly the bleeding disorders. In 1958, after a short period at Cardiff and despite having had no formal training in paediatrics, he was appointed consultant haematologist to the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, and over the next 30 years built up the first paediatric haematology department in Britain. He trained many young paediatric haematologists and his department rapidly acquired a national and then an international reputation. His own interests were in platelets, both in haemostasis and in initiating the processes that lead to the formation of a blood clot. In addition he ran a major centre for the treatment of haemophilia and similar disorders, and also developed a major interest in the childhood leukaemias.
At the time of his appointment it was becoming clear that remissions might be obtained with various drugs, though initially these were short …