Edward Hamilton Paterson

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 18 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1250
  1. Andrew Paterson

Edward Hamilton Paterson’s retirement in 1989 marked the end of some 80 years of near continuous family involvement in medical work in China and Hong Kong. Ted was born in 1920 in Lushan, a summer mountain retreat in Jiangxi province. His father and mother—a doctor and nurse, respectively—had been posted to London Missionary Society hospitals in Hubei province in the 1900s.

Ted’s early years were spent at Zaoshi, a small market town in Hubei, before the family moved in 1926 to Shanghai. He was brought home to London for schooling in 1931, although his father was to go on working in Shanghai, returning only at the end of Japanese internment in 1945.

He followed a cousin and his older brother into medicine, studying at the Middlesex Hospital, where his teachers included Samson Wright. After house jobs at Hammersmith and Harrow, he served in the Royal Army Medical Corps, followed by posts at the Middlesex Hospital and St James’s Hospital in Balham.

Although, by the time he had gained his FRCS, the People’s Republic of China had been founded, he persuaded the London …

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