Donald Campbell (b.1930), Dean of the Faculty of Anaesthetists (1982–1985)

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Professor Sir Donald Campbell, CBE, was a pioneer in many aspects of anaesthesia, particularly the introduction of Intensive Care Units. Following training at the Royal Infirmary and Stobhill Hospital he became a Fellow of the Faculty of Anaesthetists of the Royal College of Surgeons of England and was appointed Lecturer in the University Department of Anaesthetics at Glasgow Royal Infirmary in 1960. The next year he transferred to the Health Service Department as a Consultant, a post he held for 15 years. The Respiratory Intensive Care Unit was opened in 1966. Professor Campbell was its first Director and the unit is a lasting memorial to his foresight and drive. He pursued his research interests in areas involving the development of more sophisticated ventilators, the pharmacology of new analgesic drugs and the effects of smoke inhalation on the lungs.

Royal College of Anaesthetists



Donald Campbell (b.1930), Dean of the Faculty of Anaesthetists (1982–1985)




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H 59.5 x W 51 cm

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