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David Gibb Vulliamy

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: (Published 09 September 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f5173
  1. Christopher Vulliamy, David Gibb Vulliamy

David Gibb Vulliamy was born in Wilmslow, his parents having moved from the Isle of Man. Both the death of his older brother from endocarditis and his admiration for their family doctor influenced his ambition to become a doctor, and he subsequently had a distinguished career in paediatrics.

David was educated at Oriel House Preparatory School in north Wales and at Bromsgrove, before going to Trinity College, Cambridge, to read medicine in 1935. He completed his clinical training at Guy’s Hospital in London and qualified in 1941. He did preregistration posts at Pembury and The Wilderness in Kent where much of Guy’s work was seconded during the war years. It was here that he met his wife, Daphne, a physiotherapist, who had also trained at Guy’s, and they were married in 1942.

He was almost immediately conscripted into the Royal Army Medical Corps and after a short period of training was posted to East Africa, joining the 1st T.T. Field Ambulance Unit at Moshi, in Tanganyika (now Tanzania). His war service in Burma ended in 1946, just before the Japanese surrender, …

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