Edward Maurice Backett

BMJ 2010; 340 doi: (Published 31 March 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;340:c1821
  1. Tony Hedley,
  2. Jim McEwen,
  3. Elizabeth Russell,
  4. Roy Weir

    Edward Maurice Backett (“Maurice”) studied zoology and psychology before medicine, and this diversity shaped his approach throughout his medical career. He belonged to a small group, including Archie Cochrane, Jerry Morris, John Pemberton, and Alice Stewart, who established pioneering departments of social medicine in medical schools in the 1950s and ’60s. First in the chair in Aberdeen and then in the foundation …

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