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Paul Vincent Briffa

BMJ 2018; 361 doi: (Published 05 June 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;361:k2476
  1. Norman Briffa

Paul Vincent Briffa grew up in Malta during the second world war. He was a hardworking and ambitious student who went to extraordinary lengths at university to ensure he acquired as comprehensive a knowledge as possible in all subjects. While studying anatomy, he managed to obtain a human skeleton, which he articulated himself by using copper wire, and he painted by hand the origins and insertions of every muscle in the body.

As was the custom at the time in colonial Malta he moved to the UK after qualifying. He joined the British Army and obtained his commission as captain …

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