William Bruce ThomsonBMJ 2010; 340 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.c1043 (Published 22 February 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1043
- John Kelleher
As a student, William Bruce Thomson (“Bruce”) won the Cheadle medal in clinical medicine. He qualified with honours in pathology and obtained his MD a year later. After national service he trained at Hammersmith and then St Mary’s, where he was one of the pioneers of the introduction of peritoneal dialysis for renal and severe cardiac failure. At that time dialysate had to be shipped from America at about £20 per bottle. Initially he found it difficult to persuade UK manufacturers who could produce it at £3 that there was a ready market and the …
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