Saturday, 26 December 2009
Professor Humphrey Kay: Haematologist who revolutionised the treatment of leukaemia dies aged 86
Professor Humphrey Kay was a pioneer in the treatment of leukaemia and transformed the way doctors dealt with the disease. When Professor Kay entered the field of oncology in the 1950s there was no effective treatment for any form of this disease.
When Professor Kay entered the field of oncology in the 1950s there was no effective treatment for any form of this disease. But thanks to the work he pioneered and steered, by the mid-1980s most children with leukaemia, and a growing number of young adults, were being cured.
Kay was a true polymath, as comfortable with the arts as he was with science, and passionate about opera, ballet and music. He was also an accomplished musician and poet. He published a volume of humorous and reflective verse, Poems Polymorphic. One of these, "The Haematologist's Song", had a refrain of "Blood, blood, glorious blood..." set to The Hippopotamus tune of Flanders and Swann. He would sing it with great aplomb to delegates at national and international haematology meetings.
To read the full story on the Independant Website,click HERE.