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Ronald Napier Robertson Grant

BMJ 2008; 337 doi: (Published 18 July 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;337:a858
  1. Alison Grant,
  2. George Thomas

    Ronald Grant’s preclinical studies at Cambridge were cut short by the outbreak of the second world war, and after completing his part 1 he went directly to St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London. His house job was also cut short, this time by call-up to the Royal Army Medical Corps in January 1944. He landed in Normandy just after D Day, later recalling how he “led” his men across the beach to the meeting point, observing that they put their feet exactly where he had put his—as experienced soldiers, they knew much more about land mines than he did. He served in northern France, Holland, and Germany; another lasting memory was of the dead bodies and emaciated survivors of Belsen concentration camp shortly after the …

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