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Arthur Clifton Guyton

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 11 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:625

Former chairman Department of Physiology and Biophysics University of Mississippi and author of the Textbook of Medical Physiology (b Oxford, Mississippi, 1919; q Harvard 1943), was killed in a car crash in Mississippi on 3 April 2003.

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Arthur Guyton was regarded by some as the person who had the greatest impact on medical education of all time. His Textbook of Medical Physiology has been the world's bestselling physiology textbook since it was first published in the 1950s. Until publication of the ninth edition, it was written solely by Guyton. The book is now into its 10th edition. In 1946, as a surgical intern in Boston, Guyton contracted polio, which left his right leg and shoulder paralysed. He was forced to give up his ambition of becoming a neurosurgeon and turn to his other great passion—physiology. Guyton had 10 children, all of whom are doctors. His wife, Ruth Weigle Guyton, died on 10 April 2003 from injuries sustained in the crash that also killed her husband.



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