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Sir Donald Harrison

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 24 July 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:228

Pioneer ear, nose, and throat surgeon, for many years Britain's only professor of otolaryngology, and a campaigner against chewing tobacco and unnecessary tonsillectomy

Sir Donald Harrison was one of the leading ear, nose, and throat surgeons of his day. He specialised in difficult cancer cases and devised a “pull up” operation that allowed many patients who had had their voice boxes removed to develop a usable, though hoarse, voice. He was also an expert on the comparative anatomy of the voice boxes of mammals.

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Harrison was a house surgeon at Guy's and then at the Royal Gwent Hospital in Newport. As a registrar at the Shrewsbury Eye and Ear Hospital he saw a five year …

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