Obituaries

Andrew Douglas ThomsonEric Clifford FlemingPhilip Edgar JacksonRoger Hazeldine LittleMary Alice Roll (née Tomlinson)

BMJ 2000; 321 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.321.7270.1229 (Published 11 November 2000) Cite this as: BMJ 2000;321:1229

Andrew Douglas Thomson


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Physician and pathologist London (b 1922; q Cambridge/Middlesex 1947; FRCP, FRCPath), d 19 July 2000. Drew was a sports enthusiast, earned a rugby blue at Cambridge, and played rugby for the England B team. He was a gifted teacher and was senior lecturer at the Bland Sutton Institute for Pathology for many years. His Lecture Notes on Pathology (with Roger Cotton) became an essential textbook, ran into several editions, and was translated into many languages. He also wrote research papers on bone tumours and lymphomas.

University constraints in the 1950s led him to carve a unique career in the private sector, developing what many people regarded as the best personal pathology service in London. Drew was an extraordinarily astute physician and diagnostician as well as a pathologist and with his colleagues provided not only specialist information but guidance and support for his patients. He was a natural team leader. He became director of pathology services at the Hospital of St John and Elizabeth, the Royal …

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