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James Ramsay Philp

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 19 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4304
  1. Elizabeth Philp,
  2. Alison Dillon

    James Ramsay Philp graduated from Beath High School as school captain and vice captain of cricket in 1954. As an undergraduate, he was a Thomas Cowan scholar and was awarded the Jamieson prize in anatomy and the Gunning Victoria jubilee prize in bacteriology. He was house officer at Edinburgh Royal Infirmary during 1961-2 and was appointed lecturer in bacteriology at Edinburgh University in 1962-3. He moved to Aberdeen in1964 as a research fellow in radiobiology and was awarded an MD with commendation for research into treating thyrotoxicosis with ionising radiation. This work demonstrated the intrinsic impossibility of achieving a chronologically predictable radiation partial thyroidectomy and led logically to the establishment, for the first time, of a computer based register for the lifelong follow up of all patients treated with radioiodine (and later surgery) for hyperthyroidism. This register was later expanded to include all such …

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