Leonard Glynn

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: (Published 23 March 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:731

Immunologist and pathologist who carried out pioneering work on rheumatic diseases

Leonard Glynn was one of the first medical scientists to explore the pathogenesis of rheumatic fever, rheumatoid arthritis, and systemic connective diseases using modern ideas and techniques. In 1947 he was appointed consultant pathologist to the Canadian Red Cross Memorial Hospital in Taplow, Buckinghamshire, and the newly established unit for juvenile rheumatism. In 1958 he became director of research in the unit when it was taken over by the Medical Research Council.

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Glynn (as he was called, even by those who knew him well) established a research laboratory in a Nissen hut of a former wartime military hospital far away from any academic centre. By the time he retired in 1975, the unit was internationally recognised as a leading centre for treatment and research in rheumatic diseases and his laboratory attracted visiting scientists from …

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