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John Wilkinson Papers

Date range: 1914-1978

Medium: Archive

John Frederick Wilkinson (1897-1998) was a pioneer in the field of haematology.

A medical graduate of the University of Manchester, Wilkinson was Director of the Department of Clinical Investigations and Research at the Manchester Royal Infirmary from 1928 to 1947, and Reader in Medicine and Haematology at the University of Manchester, 1947-1962. Wilkinson's early research was in the area of pernicious anaemia and malignant blood diseases, and he undertook important studies on the relationship between gastric carcinoma and anaemias. He also studied diseases of the endocrine system and allergic diseases.

Wilkinson founded the Manchester and Salford Blood Transfusion Service in 1938, and was chairman of the Haemophilia Committee of the Medical Research Council, established in 1953.

Wilkinson's papers include numerous files relating to his research into pernicious anaemia, nutritional anaemias, and the relationship between gastric secretions and anaemias. There are papers concerning his studies into acute and chronic leukaemia, haemophilia, and diseases of the endocrine glands. Wilkinson’s relationships with other practitioners, grant-awarding agencies and pharmaceutical companies are also well represented in this archive.

His papers are of considerable value for the development of haematology as a clinical and academic specialism, and for general medical research activities in British universities during the inter-war period.

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