William “Ainslie” Anderson

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 12 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:d7991
  1. Ken Munson

William “Ainslie” Anderson was born into a surgical family in Aberdeen and educated locally. He entered into medical school aged 17 and qualified at 22. After his National Service he started postgraduate training in paediatric and general surgery in Aberdeen, which also included a year as a general practitioner in the Outer Hebrides; a further year studying pathology in Edinburgh; and a research fellowship in Denver, Colorado, working on cardiac valve implantation techniques.

He met his future wife Eileen, an anaesthetic registrar, in Aberdeen. The couple were married in 1956 and had three children, …

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