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Paul Francis Dorian Naylor

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 19 October 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b4305
  1. Charles P E Naylor

    Dr Paul F D Naylor, emeritus professor of dermatology at the University of London and former senior physician in the Department of Dermatology at St Thomas’ Hospital, died peacefully aged 84 on 9 May 2009 at a nursing home in Hingham, Norfolk, close to where he and his wife lived.

    Paul Francis Dorian Naylor grew up in south Yorkshire, initially in Rotherham and later in the village of Laughton-en-le-Morthen on a small holding, for which he retained a deep affection. His parents, both schoolteachers, kindled his passions for learning, nature, gardening, photography, and woodwork. Besides being a headmaster, his father was a singer and conductor, so it was probably from him that Paul inherited a lifelong love of music.

    Paul and his elder brother, Granville, went to Rotherham Grammar School. Inspired by visiting Granville at Cambridge, Paul was determined to follow his brother’s lead. It was a source of enormous family pride when Paul, like his brother, won a state scholarship to Gonville and Caius College in 1942. At Cambridge, Paul excelled academically, winning college prizes and in 1945 graduating with a double first class honours degree in medical sciences. The same year Paul began his clinical studies at St Thomas’s Hospital Medical School, qualifying as a doctor in 1948. His first appointments were at St Thomas’s Hospital, first as a casualty medical officer, and then as house physician to the …

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