Obituary

John Robert Paterson

BMJ 2005; 331 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.331.7530.1478-d (Published 15 December 2005) Cite this as: BMJ 2005;331:1478

Consultant medical biochemist Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary 1992-2004 (b Dunipace, Scotland, 1955; q Dundee 1985; PhD, MRCP), died from colorectal cancer on 3 November 2004.


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John came to clinical biochemistry in the late 1980s, and trained in Glasgow. In Dumfries he quickly established an enviable quality of clinical liaison; he had a low threshold for appearing on the ward when required, and for providing well judged comments on biochemistry reports. He built up an impressive body of research measuring salicylic acid and its metabolites, and supervised a succession of MSc and PhD students. His 2001 paper comparing serum concentrations of salicylic acid in vegetarians, non-vegetarians, and patients on aspirin attracted worldwide publicity and resulted in collaboration with leading researchers in the United States. He leaves a wife, Janet, and three children.

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