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Dr Isaac Henry Gosset (1907–1965) inventor of the ‘Gosset’ icterometer and founder of Northamptonshire neonatal paediatrics
  1. Andrew N Williams1,
  2. Fred O'Dell2
  1. 1 Virtual Academic Unit, Children's Directorate, Northampton General Hospital, Northampton, UK
  2. 2 Northampton General Hospital, Northampton, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Andrew N Williams, Virtual Academic Unit, Children's Directorate, Northampton General Hospital, Northampton NN1 5BD, UK; anw{at}

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Dr Isaac Henry ‘Harry’ Gosset was appointed the first consultant paediatrician for Northampton General Hospital in 19471 (figure 1). At the commencement of the National Health Service in 1948, his duties were extended to include Kettering, thereby encompassing all Northamptonshire general paediatric and neonatal care.2

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Dr Isaac Henry Gosset.

He was an early pioneer for the advancement of exchange transfusions,3 which established ‘an entrée for paediatricians into maternity hospitals’.4 He invented the ‘Gosset Icterometer’, …

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  • Contributors AW and FO'D jointly researched, drafted and revised this paper. They both approve of the submitted piece.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.