Derek William Dawson

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 29 August 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5669
  1. Philip Markman

A house officer in 1948, Derek William Dawson met Aneurin Bevan, who was visiting various hospitals. Derek was appointed consultant haematologist in 1957 and served North Manchester General Hospital with distinction for 33 years. His research included the absorption of vitamin B12 and the assay of B12 and folate. He had a leading role in putting up an international schedule for B12 assay. He was the hospital’s first postgraduate tutor, served a term as president of Manchester Medical Society’s section of pathology, and for some years conducted a weekly seminar open to staff and students. He travelled widely and was secretly proud of his garden, which was his main source of relaxation. His last eight months were marred by the consequences of a stroke, which he tolerated with equanimity. He leaves a civil partner.


Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e5669


  • Former consultant haematologist North Manchester General Hospital (b 1925; q Edinburgh 1948; FRCPEd, FRCPath), d 27 May 2012.

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