Eric George Lapthorne Bywaters

BMJ 2003; 326 doi: (Published 26 June 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;326:1461

Rheumatologist who discovered the cause of fatal kidney failure in victims of the Blitz

Eric George Lapthorne Bywaters played an important role in the rise of modern rheumatology as part of general medicine. After qualifying with a gold medal and honours in pathology, he worked at the Courtauld Institute of Pathology on the metabolism of articular cartilage. In 1937 he was invited to the Massachusetts General Hospital, where he studied patients with systemic lupus erythematosus, returning to the Hammersmith Hospital in …

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