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John Borthwick Macdonald

BMJ 2021; 374 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.n2276 (Published 21 September 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;374:n2276
  1. Elspeth Macdonald

Having secured a scholarship, John Borthwick Macdonald went up to Cambridge to read natural sciences, then medicine. He had a student placement at the Medical Research Council Laboratories in the Gambia. John used his vacation time to travel widely; this included helping with voter registration in Georgia, USA. He published his first article on medical ethics in the Lancet as an undergraduate and his last in his retirement. John trained in respiratory medicine in London and Cardiff, where he met his future wife, Elspeth, also a doctor. He then went to Nottingham before taking up a consultant post in Kilmarnock in 1979, the same year he was awarded his MD on the origin of treatment failure in tuberculosis. …

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