Obituaries

Arthur Williams

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7524.1085 (Published 03 November 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1085

Physician who played a major part in the development of medicine and medical training in east Africa

Arthur Williams' influence in east Africa began in 1931 when, after medical training at Cambridge and Westminster Hospital, he joined the Colonial Medical Service and was posted to Uganda. Early up-country posts as a medical officer were followed by work in Mulago Hospital, Kampala, where he developed an increasing interest in medical education, then at its early stages, and he was appointed lecturer in medicine and therapeutics. At the outbreak of the second world war he was accepted for naval service but not released by the Ugandan government, continuing to work at Mulago as medical officer and lecturer in physiology.


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An interest in cardiac disease and hypertension continued throughout his life, and during the war years he was also involved in pulmonary tuberculosis, starting the first clinics for collapse therapy. He was a member of the editorial panel of the East African Medical Journal.

A two year spell in neighbouring Tanganyika …

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