Obituaries

John Leonard DawsonSusan Mary BarclayEdward (“Edoo”) Michael BarkerAndrew DickAudrey Colquhoun-Pett

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.319.7207.456 (Published 14 August 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:456

John Leonard Dawson


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Consultant surgeon King's College Hospital, 1965-94 (b Leicester 1932; q King's 1955; MS, FRCS; CVO), d 16 May 1999. John was appointed a consultant at 32 after training at St James's Hospital, Balham, and at Harvard. His did research into the causes of postoperative kidney failure. He soon developed a special interest in liver disease and, with his colleague, Professor Roger Williams, helped to establish the international reputation of the liver unit at King's. His pioneering surgery included radical tumour resection, injection sclerotherapy, and portosystemic shunt surgery. His postoperative management was sympathetic and meticulous.

John was elected clinical dean in the faculty of medicine and dentistry from 1988 to 1992. He was president of the surgical section of the Royal Society of Medicine, and in 1981 he was appointed the Sir Arthur Sims Travelling Professor, representing the Association of Surgeons in Australasia. His skills led to his appointment as serjeant-surgeon to …

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