Henry Jeffray Weston

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 07 July 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c3596
  1. Richard H R White

    Henry Jeffray Weston—known by family, friends, and colleagues as “Jeff”—was born on 9 September 1926 in New Plymouth, New Zealand, where his father was a newspaper proprietor. He studied medicine at the University of Otago Medical School, completing his final clinical year at Wellington Hospital, and graduating MB ChB in 1950. Following junior appointments at Wellington Hospital, he came to London in 1955, where he held house physician posts at the Hammersmith and Brompton Hospitals—traditional training grounds for Commonwealth postgraduates—leading to the MRCP (London), which was essential at that time for paediatric trainees.

    He had already set his sights on a career in paediatrics, and in 1956 obtained posts as house physician, then registrar, in the cardiorespiratory unit at Great Ormond Street, where I first met him. After two more years as resident assistant physician (RAP), he returned to New Zealand, and was appointed consultant paediatrician to Wellington …

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