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Stuart Radcliffe Mawson

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 10 April 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:838
  1. Harold Ludman

    Renowned ear surgeon and author of standard text for trainee otologists

    During the 1960s and ’70s ear surgery enjoyed a renaissance initiated by the adoption of binocular operating microscopes in the operating theatre. Microsurgery was essential for the development of stapedectomy for the surgical treatment of deafness from otosclerosis, and tympanoplasties for repairing damage by chronic middle ear disease. Prominent among the British otologists working in this exciting field, and acclaimed internationally for his work and publications, was Stuart Mawson. He became well known for his ear surgery, and for the production of the textbook on ear disease that became the standard British and indeed international work for all trainee otologists.

    Stuart Radcliffe Mawson was born on 4 March 1918 in London. His father, Alec Mawson, chief officer of the parks’ department of London County Council (LCC), and his actress mother, Ena Grossmith, were divorced while he was still a boy. Educated at Stagenhoe and Canford Schools, he went up to Trinity College, Cambridge, and then St Thomas’s Hospital in London to study …

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