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BMJ. 2007 November 3; 335(7626): 942.
PMCID: PMC2048856

Andrew Wilson Lees

Andrew Lees was a leading figure in respiratory diseases throughout his long and distinguished career. His early work involved the evaluation of ethanolamine, ethambutol, and rifampicin, and his unit was the first to prove unequivocally the hepatotoxic effects of rifampicin. He reported the first case of indigenous legionnaires' disease in Scotland. The latter part of his career was devoted to the study of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, and lung cancer. He also wrote on the pulmonary effect of rheumatoid diseases.

He took his house jobs at Gartloch Emergency Medical Hospital in Lanarkshire. His career was then interrupted by war service, when he served with the army in North Africa and with the Chindits in Burma.

He returned to Ruchill Hospital in 1946 to continue his training, and was married two years later. By 1953 he had risen to consultant chest physician at Ruchill and Stobhill. He remained in this post till the end of his career, also taking on the responsibilities of Duntocher Hospital and surrounding clinics in 1964. A much respected teacher, he was active in research until the end of his career, presenting to conferences all over the world.

In addition to his achievements in the medical world, he also studied law, becoming a barrister at Gray's Inn. He retired in 1981, and spent much of his retirement walking in his beloved Ayrshire. He is survived by his wife, Nancy; four children; and five grandchildren.


Former consultant chest physician Ruchill and Stobhill Hospitals, Glasgow (b 1916; q Glasgow 1939; MD (Glas), FRCPEd, FRCPGlas, FACCP), died from cerebrovascular disease on 2 August 2007.

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