Sheffield Authors Showcase - Ronald Illingworth - The Normal Child
From Jesse Armstrong
Born in Harrogate in 1909, Ronald Stanley Illingworth was a pioneer in both the teaching, and practice, of paediatrics. In 1947, he was appointed the first Chair of Child Health at the University of Sheffield. By the time he retired in 1975, Professor Illingworth had built up an outstanding centre of excellence with an international reputation.
Professor Illingworth pioneered many changes within paediatrics which are nowadays taken for granted. In an age where child patients were routinely isolated from their family, with visiting hours restricted to an hour or two per week, Professor Illingworth believed in the natural right of parents to be with their children for as long as they wished, and to accompany them to operating theatres prior to anaesthesia.
Professor Illingworth’s remarkable flair for both the spoken and written word made him an excellent teacher. Among his many publications are:
The Normal Child (1953, ten editions)
The Development of the Infant and Young Child (1960, nine editions)
Common Symptoms of Disease in Children (1967, nine editions)
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