Christopher William Clayson

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 24 March 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:734

Former medical superintendent Lochmaben Sanatorium, Dumfriesshire, Scotland (b 1903; q Edinburgh 1926; FRCP Ed, FRCP, CBE), died on 17 January 2005 following an operation on a hip fracture.

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Christopher Clayson was the first president of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh to reach his centenary and the first from a non-teaching hospital. He developed pulmonary tuberculosis at the time of his final undergraduate examination, resulting in over two years in a sanatorium. In 1943 he became medical superintendent of Lochmaben Sanatorium in Scotland, using the new chemotherapy to cope with the great postwar increase in tuberculosis. His presidency of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (1966-70) led to his becoming the first chairman of the Scottish Council for Postgraduate Medical Education. He leaves a wife, Anne.

[John Crofton]


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