Wilhelmina Mary Harcourt Behan (née Hughes)

BMJ 2005; 330 doi: (Published 21 April 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;330:968

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Professor of muscle pathology Glasgow (b 1939; q Bristol 1962; MD, FRCP, FRCPath), died from primary peritoneal adenocarcinoma on 19 March 2005.

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After house jobs in Bristol Wilhelmina trained in pathology in Cambridge. She then spent the next seven years working in Boston, Massachusetts. She was appointed senior lecturer in pathology at Glasgow University in 1979. Here she pursued her interest in neuromuscular diseases, particularly polymyositis and chronic fatigue syndrome, for which she was internationally renowned. She also diagnosed the first post mortem case of AIDS in Scotland. She leaves a husband, three children, and two grandchildren.

[Miles Behan]


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