Victor Wynn

BMJ 2007; 334 doi: (Published 22 February 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;334:430
  1. Caroline Richmond

    Pioneer of metabolic studies of heart disease and founder of an institute

    Victor Wynn was one of the first people to specialise in the study of metabolism and established a research laboratory at St Mary's Hospital, followed by founding and funding the Cavendish Institute, an independent establishment that was later renamed the Wynn Institute. He pioneered electrolyte measurement, now a routine part of post-surgical care and essential to the treatment of kidney failure.

    He had strong views—some would say a bee in his bonnet—about the dangers of the contraceptive pill. He was one of the first to recognise the importance of risk factors for cardiovascular disease and their modification. He also undertook the first large studies of the effects of the pill on sugar and fat metabolism, and the changes he observed resembled those seen in men at increased risk of heart disease. He published his findings in the Lancet in 1966, creating a furore. He was interviewed on the Frost Programme, and …

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