William Boal Rodgers

BMJ 2011; 342 doi: (Published 07 February 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;342:d858
  1. Rodger Charlton

William Boal Rodgers (“Billy”) was educated at Ballymena Academy, and, although a keen linguist, he decided to study medicine, qualifying at Queen’s University, Belfast, in June 1946. He undertook house posts at Belfast City Hospital and at Minehead, Somerset. While in London he met his wife, Susan, who was at music college. After a spell in general practice in Aylesbury, where he was offered a partnership, he then did national service with the Royal Air Force from 1947 to 1949 in Cornwall and left with the rank of flight lieutenant. He then worked in Redruth in Cornwall and moved to a post for a year at 30 Tempest Avenue, Wombwell, Darfield, near Barnsley, Yorkshire, in partnership with Dr Davies. This prompted him to buy a German shepherd dog, called Charity, allegedly to protect …

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