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Ian Urquhart Fraser

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 18 October 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6775
  1. John Cherry

Ian Urquhart Fraser was born in Bangkok. Little is known of his family, although his father resided in Oban late in life. Ian undertook military service as a non-commissioned officer with the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, before studying medicine. After qualifying he worked at the American Hospital in Paris in 1956-7, and then pursued surgical training, with posts at Basildon and the Royal Free hospitals.

While operating at the Royal Free, he had a myocardial infarction owing to undiagnosed essential hypertension, and he gave up his surgical ambitions and became lecturer in anatomy at Barts in 1968. It was there …

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