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Ronald Girdwood

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: (Published 17 August 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:400

Edinburgh academic whose pioneering research in wartime India led to a new antibacterial agent

Ronald Girdwood was a leader of Edinburgh medicine in the 1970s and 1980s, first as dean of the medical school and then as president of the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. His unassuming style was welcomed in a city that had grown rather tired of the calculated flamboyance of medical giants, and it disguised a shrewdness and tenacity that made him highly effective. As dean he kept warring factions apart, oversaw extension of the school despite financial cuts, and successfully argued for a new curriculum, although he personally did …

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