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Arthur David Bethune

BMJ 2021; 375 doi: (Published 26 November 2021) Cite this as: BMJ 2021;375:n2899
  1. Andrew Bethune,
  2. David Bethune

Arthur David Bethune was born in Edinburgh and, thanks to a bursary gained at George Watson’s College, was able to study medicine at Edinburgh University, inspired by his older sister, who was working as a doctor in Peel Hospital near Galashiels. As one of a group of students whose studies were accelerated because of the war, he graduated at the tender age of 22.

For the following five years he took on a variety of jobs. He was house physician at Edinburgh’s Western General Hospital, where he encountered penicillin for the first time; assistant GP in Lockerbie; a formative spell in North Uist assisting the renowned Dr McLeod, visiting remote crofts by car, on foot, by boat or even on horseback; a year as …

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