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Alan Gibson

BMJ 2018; 363 doi: (Published 26 October 2018) Cite this as: BMJ 2018;363:k4515
  1. Alan Gibson,
  2. Janet Morrison,
  3. Sally Norman,
  4. Jane Turton

Alan Gibson obtained a scholarship to St Paul’s School and decided to study medicine. On qualifying he was excused national service on the grounds of pulmonary tuberculosis, which resolved without treatment. After doing two years of house jobs in medicine and neurology at St Mary’s, he became medical registrar at the Leicester Royal Infirmary. In 1954 he decided to go into psychiatry, regarding it as a branch of medicine about which virtually nothing was known; he had no time for psychoanalytic theory. He studied under (Sir) Martin Roth at Newcastle, where he stayed for four years. During this time, it became clear that chlorpromazine dramatically alleviated the symptoms of schizophrenia, and a new era of psychiatry had been born. Alan then acquired …

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