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Lionel Fry

BMJ 2021; 372 doi: (Published 16 February 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;372:n409
  1. Victor Hoffbrand

Lionel Fry was an internationally known professor of dermatology who established the cause of dermatitis herpetiformis, undertook important research into the pathogenesis of psoriasis, and wrote standard undergraduate and postgraduate textbooks and atlases on skin diseases.

His parents, Ansel and Basia, had emigrated from Poland to south London in 1926. Ansel and Lionel’s older brother, John, were general practitioners, John a leading reformer of general practice, an author of many books and articles, and distinguished consultant in general practice both to the World Health Organisation and to the army. Lionel was expected to follow their careers as a GP but after he qualified in 1957, with honours in medicine, from King’s College London Medical School, he chose a hospital based career instead, debating whether this was to be in dermatology or gastroenterology. Although he opted for dermatology he remained closely interested in gastrointestinal diseases as shown in his later research into the aetiology of dermatitis herpetiformis and the influential book he authored on The Gut and the Skin. …

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