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AT Proudfoot, LF Prescott
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Volume 39: Issue 4: 2009




Henry Matthew was appointed a consultant in the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh  in  1955,  by  which  time  he  was  a  highly  regarded  general  physician with an interest in cardiology. In 1964 he agreed, almost certainly reluctantly, to head  the  recently  designated  Regional  Poisoning Treatment  Centre,  which  he did until his retirement ten years later. Matthew quickly established himself as an  authority  in  clinical  toxicology,  mainly  from  an  unrivalled  experience  of treating  poisoned  patients,  day-in  and  day-out,  but  also  by  publishing  original research, letters and books. Such were his contributions that he is regarded as the father of clinical toxicology.