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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.


Journal article


Biogr Mem Fellows R Soc

Publication Date





71 - 85


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