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Philip John Kingston

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: (Published 22 February 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e1224
  1. Janet Ropner

Before he studied medicine, Philip John Kingston was in the navy and served on an aircraft carrier. This is presumably where he was exposed to asbestos, which resulted in the mesothelioma which eventually killed him.

Philip’s career in haematology began at St Thomas’ Hospital, where he was appointed as senior lecturer in 1975. In 1978 he was appointed as the first consultant haematologist in Gloucestershire, at what was then Gloucester Royal Hospital. He set up both the laboratory and clinical services. His prodigious energy and attention to detail were outstanding. He had extremely high standards and expected the same from those who worked with him. When clinical pathology accreditation inspections at laboratories started, these qualities were invaluable and woe betide anybody who had not done what was required of them. The inspectors rarely found anything negative to say about …

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