Davidson, Prof. S.

Scope and Content

Correspondence between Wilkinson and Professor Stanley Davidson during his time as Professor of Medicine at the University of Aberdeen in which they discuss such issues as the potency of different commercial preparations of liver extract, Hepatex P.A.F and Campolon, an unsatisfactory letter in The British Medical Journal by a Dr Mitchell and his commercial connections to Hepatex, testing of new products, use of vitamin B, supplies of liver extract, method of counting reticulocytes, commercial production of fish liver extract, various published articles including an article in The Lancet by Goodall about the treatment of pernicious anaemia with Marmite, intramuscular preparations, results of treatment with concentrated fish liver preparations, Boots' Pepsac, and methods of taking the preparations.

Administrative / Biographical History

Sir Leybourne Stanley Patrick Davidson (1893-1981) was born on 3 March 1893 in Ceylon [Sri Lanka]. He began his studies at Trinity College, Cambridge but later transferred to Edinburgh University to pursue his studies in medicine. Like Wilkinson, his academic studies were interrupted by the World War, 1914-1918, during which he served in France and Belgium under the Gordon Highlanders and was severely wounded. With the cessation of hostilities Davidson returned to Edinburgh to complete his medical studies and graduated in 1919 with a first class honours degree and gained his MD in 1925.

He began his career in Edinburgh before being appointed to the regius chair of medicine in Aberdeen in 1932, and then returned to Edinburgh in 1938 to take up the chair of medicine there. He demonstrated an early interest in pernicious anaemia and published a book on the subject in 1930 along with George Lovell Gulland (1862-1941) at a time when liver therapy was very new. Much of his professional work related to haematology and rheumatic disorders and he also played an advisory role during the World War, 1939-1945, and was also prominent in professional societies. He died in Edinburgh on 22 September 1981 at the age of 88.