Dr James Williamson graduated from Glasgow University in 1943 and was initially a consultant in chest medicine. He took up his first consultant post at the Royal Victoria Dispensary in Edinburgh in 1954. He later changed specialities to geriatric medicine and published a paper in 1964 in the Lancet which examined the medical needs of older people in the home. Williamson became a key figure in the development of geriatric medicine, encouraging cross-speciality working to develop at-home treatments for the aging population.


  • Date of interview: April 1997
  • Archive reference: OBJ/ORA/1/42
  • Interviewer: Martin Eastwood


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