John Dickson Dow

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 06 March 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:565
  1. Hugh Saxton

John Dickson Dow, one of the pioneers of vascular and cardiac radiology in Britain in the mid-20th century, died on 1 November 2007. His whole career showed the drive and determination which led him into medicine and which underlay his wartime decoration.

John was born in Glasgow in 1916. He had a happy early childhood but his father died when he was 7. His mother ran a dairy and bakery to support the family, and he was able to go to Hutcheson’s Grammar School. He wanted to go into medicine, but his mother thought a career …

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