Prof. Peters Correspondence & Other Oxford Workers

Scope and Content

A series of correspondence between Drs John F. Wilkinson and Eirwyn N. Rowlands at Manchester University and Drs R.A. Peters and H.M. Sinclair at the Department of Biochemistry at the University of Oxford disputing matters referred to in an article published by Wilkinson and Rowlands in The British Medical Journal. The article in question is Rowlands, E.N. & Wilkinson, J.F., 'The Clinical Significance and Estimation of Blood Vitamin B1', British Medical Journal, 1938, Vol.2(4060), pp.878-883. Later correspondence suggests Peters met with Rowlands and the matter was resolved and Wilkinson goes on to discuss with Sinclair the possible reasons for obtaining certain results.

Sinclair and Peters disputed the fact that the method described by Wilkinson and Rowlands was original and objected to the lack of credit to them in the published article. Sinclair writes a formal letter of complaint to be published in the journal, leading to Wilkinson also writing to the Editor wishing to be allowed to express a suitable reply.

The dispute was published in the BMJ correspondence section as follows:

  • Sinclair, H.M., 'Correspondence: Estimation of Blood Vitamin B1', The British Medical Journal, 1938, Vol.2(4063), p.1060.
  • Rowlands, E.N. & Wilkinson, J.F., 'Correspondence: Estimation of Blood Vitamin B1', The British Medical Journal, 1938, Vol.2(4064), pp.1110-1111.
  • Sinclair, H.M., 'Correspondence: Estimation of Blood Vitamin B1', The British Medical Journal, 1938, Vol.2(4064), pp.1111.