Leukaemia etc.

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Wilkinson was one of the first in the country to begin research into the treatment of leukaemias with nitrogen mustards and see the development of effective chemotherapy drugs. His work during the war years into the health of workers in toxic gas factories would have allowed him to observe the effects of nitrogen mustards and recognise their potential for use in the treatment of leukaemia. Research into the nitrogen mustards began in earnest in the USA during the war years largely led by the renowned oncologist Cornelius Packard Rhoads (1898-1959) with whom Wilkinson was in contact with in the years after the war. Restrictions placed on Wilkinson and others in the UK by the government prevented them publishing results of such research with links to wartime investigations into war gases for a number of years.