David Weyhe Smith

Born 1926
Died 1981

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American paediatrician and dysmorphologist, born September 24, 1926, Oakland, California; died September 1981, Seattle.

Biography of David Weyhe Smith

David Weyhe Smith had a distinguished career in paediatrics. He became professor of paediatrics at the Univesity of Wisconsin Medical School, which he had jlined in 1958, and in 1966 he moved to the chair of the University of Washington, Seattle, where he spent the remainder of his career. Smith achieved world-wide recognition and esteem for his work in dysmorphology. He was a friende of the Norwegian physician Dagfinn Aarskog (born 1928).

He published nearly 200 papers and six monographs, including his classic Recognisable Patterns of Human Malformation which is regarded as the key work in this field. Smith had a great influence as a teacher and several of his postgraduate students have achieved positions of eminence.

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