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Kenneth Michael Citron

BMJ 2019; 366 doi: (Published 23 September 2019) Cite this as: BMJ 2019;366:l5620
  1. Janet H Darbyshire

Kenneth Michael Citron studied medicine at Guy’s Hospital, London, where he won the Golding Bird medal in bacteriology and the Leonard Lubbock prize in clinical pathology. After house appointments at Guy’s, he was found to have pulmonary tuberculosis, which was treated successfully with bed rest before effective antibiotic treatment was available.

He was a research fellow in bacteriology at Guy’s, and then held a variety of clinical posts in medicine before he finally trained in respiratory medicine at the Royal Brompton Hospital, London. In 1959, he was appointed consultant physician on the medical academic unit at the Royal Brompton Hospital and honorary senior lecturer at the cardiothoracic institute. As physician in charge of chest clinics in Wandsworth and Battersea, he developed a comprehensive respiratory medicine service for a large population in south-west London. At this time, the clinical application of newly discovered drugs for tuberculosis, then a common disease, was a challenging and stimulating task. The British Thoracic Society appointed Kenneth chairman of a series of …

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