Abraham GoldbergBMJ 2007; 335 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39372.574502.BE (Published 25 October 2007) Cite this as: BMJ 2007;335:891
- Caroline Richmond
Abe Goldberg was a world expert on the porphyrias. In a career spanning over 50 years he made huge strides in the understanding and treatment of the disease, and wrote the definitive textbook on the subject. He chaired the Committee on Safety of Medicines for six years, and did some scholarly work in modern history. He also, in a landmark paper with colleagues in 1967, traced a cluster of mentally retarded children in Glasgow to the storage of drinking water in lead lined tanks.
Abe Goldberg was born in Edinburgh; his parents, both from eastern Europe, worked in the garment trade. They were active members of the Edinburgh Jewish community, though not particularly observant. Outstanding at his junior school, Abe lost six months' education because of rheumatic fever, which formed the basis of his decision to enter medicine. He won a scholarship to George Herriot's School, where he won the literary and public speaking prizes. …