Paul Mapleston Smith

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 07 May 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h2428
  1. Jill Swift, Malcolm Wheeler, Roger Williams

Paul Mapleston Smith was born in Harrow in 1936 and was educated at the Merchant Taylor’s School in Northwood. He studied medicine at St Thomas’ Hospital, London, where he later became registrar in the department of metabolic diseases. Part of his rotation took him to Southampton in 1965, where he met Roger Williams, whose influence undoubtedly initiated and stimulated Paul’s love of hepatology and gastroenterology. During this year Paul established several studies on iron clearance, using the whole body counter at the Royal Navy Physiology Laboratory at Alverstoke, Hampshire. In 1966 he drove his VW Beetle from Southampton to the new liver unit at King’s College Hospital, with all the laboratory equipment on the backseat. There, as the institution’s first research fellow, he completed his MD on aspects of haemochromatosis. In 1968 he …

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