Ferdinand HillmanBMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39540.712870.BE (Published 10 April 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:839
- Martin Hillman
Born in Vienna, Ferry, as he was always known in English, was forced to abandon his medical studies at the university there by the rise of Nazism. He lived for several years in France, joining the Foreign Legion at the outbreak of the second world war. He joined the British Army after the allied landings in North Africa, serving in the Pioneer Corps and then in intelligence roles, at one stage being trained to be parachuted into enemy territory to coordinate internal resistance.
Queen’s University, Belfast, gave him credit for prewar studies, and he qualified there before working at the city’s Royal Victoria Hospital, choosing to specialise in pathology. …