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Leon Kaufman

BMJ 2018; 360 doi: (Published 02 March 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;360:k960
  1. R Ginsburg

A lifelong love of reading, a hugely retentive memory, and a keen interest in research enabled Leon Kaufman to place the new academic department of anaesthesia at University College Hospital (UCH), which he had been invited to establish in 1968, on a firm academic footing. Throughout the 1970s, using some of his clinical sessions at St Mark’s Hospital in City Road, he published original papers on diverse topics, including anaesthesia for phaeochromocytoma, cardiac arrhythmias during dental procedures, muscle relaxants, the endocrine response to surgery, and postoperative pain relief. While still a registrar, he had published a paper on cholinesterase deficiency in childhood and later developed an interest in the perioperative problems associated with anaesthetising patients with muscular dystrophy. This work led to an MD from the University of Edinburgh in 1964 and established him as an authority on …

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