Intended for healthcare professionals


William Fowler Felton

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 17 December 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g7661
  1. David Barlow

William Fowler Felton (“Bill”) was the doctor we would all like to have been. He was a rounded polymath, whose talents found him seconded to the special operations executive in Greece in the second world war; assessing lungs, toenails, and plutonium levels as medical officer to Britain’s first nuclear processing plant at Sellafield in 1948; being managing director of several British companies; sometime master of the Worshipful Company of Carpenters and of Worcester Park and Buckland Beagles; sailor, linguist, mountaineer, and innovative thinker in his final choice of career, venereology.

Bill did his clinical training and house-jobs at the Middlesex Hospital and was soon drafted into the Royal Army Medical Corps. His schoolboy fluency in Greek was a factor in the decision, by the special operations executive, to parachute him in as …

View Full Text

Log in

Log in through your institution


* For online subscription