Obituaries

ObituariesHenry Taylor HowattJohn Erskine MalcolmRonald George MilneWilliam Francis O'DwyerJeffrey Richard Scholey

BMJ 1999; 318 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.318.7193.1292 (Published 08 May 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;318:1292

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Henry Taylor Howatt

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    Consultant physician Manchester Royal Infirmary, 1948-76, and professor of gastroenterology University of Manchester, 1972-76 (b Pittenweem, Fife, 1911, to parents who were both head teachers; q St Andrews 1933; MD (with honours and gold medal, FRCP; CBE), d 29 October 1998. Virtually the whole of his life was spent at the royal infirmary, except for the second world war, when he was physician specialist with the army in the Middle East, France, and Germany, reaching the rank of honorary lieutenant colonel. After the war Harry and colleagues demonstrated the physiological actions of pancreozymin and secretin in humans, and in a series of papers described their use in tests of pancreatic and gall bladder function. This enabled him to differentiate acute and chronic relapsing forms of pancreatitis and to chart the course of these diseases. These early results led to the formulation of the Marseilles Classification of Pancreatitis, and Harry became the first president of the European Pancreatic Club. Harry realised that gastroenterology would evolve into …

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