Obituaries

Sir Anthony Michael (“Tony”) DawsonCharles Horace GrayDavid Neil KreibichWilliam (“Whitey”) Michael ThurlbeckJames Baird Young

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.315.7120.1470 (Published 29 November 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:1470

Sir Anthony Michael (“Tony”) Dawson


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Consultant physician St Bartholomew's Hospital, London 1965–86 (b Leicester 1928; q Charing Cross 1951; MD, FRCP; KCVO), died of myocardial infarction on 25 September 1997. His lifelong interest in gastroenterology developed with (Sir) Francis Avery Jones at the Central Middlesex Hospital, Kurt Isselbacher at Boston, and (Dame) Sheila Sherlock at Hammersmith and the Royal Free Hospitals. At the age of 37 he was almost the first non-Barts man to be appointed a consultant there, and certainly the first to have special sessions in research, his principal interests being the absorption of aminoacids, peptides, and fat from the gut.

Everybody wanted to work in the famous gastroenterology unit he created because it was both intellectually stimulating and fun. His grand rounds were legendary: he never missed one and said that he could never understand how anybody could accept a teaching hospital post without attending such occasions regularly. There were increasing demands for his clinical opinion in private as well as NHS practice, and he became physician to the Queen in 1982 and to …

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