Obituaries

Watson Buchanan

BMJ 2006; 332 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.332.7551.1217 (Published 18 May 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;332:1217

A pioneer in rheumatology on both sides of the Atlantic

Watson Buchanan had a major influence on the development of rheumatology in Scot-land and in Canada. He was the driving force that led to the creation of internationally renowned centres for rheumatic diseases in Glasgow and in Hamilton, Ontario.


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In 1964 Watson was appointed senior lecturer in the department of medicine at the Royal Infirmary in Glasgow and consultant in charge of the newly created Centre for Rheumatic Diseases in the refurbished old hospital in Baird Street. The centre, and the Regional Immunopathology Laboratory established within it, rapidly developed a national and international reputation for clinical excellence, postgraduate training, and research, and attracted trainees from throughout the United Kingdom and from overseas. The research output from Baird Street was huge and included groundbreaking studies of clinical and imaging indices, which were forerunners of clinical instruments currently used to assess, and follow the progress of, patients with inflammatory arthritis.

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