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Cyril Clarke was an outstanding physician, medical scientist and lepidopterist. His career was unusual in that he developed a serious interest in medical research only after many years in clinical practice, a change of direction from the life of a busy consultant physician that was undoubtedly stimulated by his lifelong interest in butterflies. This remarkable transition was to result in his leading the team in Liverpool that developed a method for preventing rhesus haemolytic disease of the newborn, one of the major advances in preventative medicine of the second half of the twentieth century.

Type

Journal article

Journal

Biogr Mem Fellows R Soc

Publication Date

2002

Volume

48

Pages

71 - 85

Keywords

Erythroblastosis, Fetal, History, 20th Century, Humans, Infant, Newborn, Physicians, Preventive Medicine, United Kingdom