Professor L.J. Witts

Scope and Content

The file contains only 3 items of correspondence between Wilkinson and Professor L.J. Witts of the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford in which they discuss the division of haematological work in their respective institutions such as which department carries out the hospital's routine haematological work and whether they are able to undertake haematological testing of their own patients using their own staff without generating a rivalry between two groups of haematologists within the hospital.

Administrative / Biographical History

Leslie John Witts (1898-1982) was born on 21 April 1898 and graduated in medicine from the University of Manchester in 1923 and gained his MD there in 1926. He held junior posts in Cambridge, the USA, and at Guy's Hospital and was soon appointed to the chair of medicine at St Bartholomew's Hospital Medical School, where he made great efforts in the studies of iron deficiency anaemia. After four years there he became the first Nuffield professor of clinical medicine at Oxford University and established a full-time medical unit at the Radcliffe Infirmary. He was well-known for his studies in anaemia throughout his career and built up haematology as a significant clinical speciality at Oxford.

Witts also served as a member of the Medical Research Council for two terms during and beyond the war years of 1939-1945 and played an advisory role in national health matters. He built up the new medical department at Oxford to be one of the country's most renowned and made efforts to develop the subject of clinical pharmacology as an important subject. Witts died on 19 November 1982.