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Emerg Med J 20:2 doi:10.1136/emj.20.1.2
  • Editorial

On the retirement of Professor Rod Little

  1. B A Foëx1,
  2. P M Dark2,
  3. D W Yates3
  1. 1Emergency Department, Wythenshawe Hospital, Manchester, UK
  2. 2Emergency Department, Manchester Royal Infirmary, Manchester, UK
  3. 3Hope Hospital, Salford, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Mr B A Foëx, 21 Sunnybrow Road, Middleton, Manchester M24 4AD, UK;
 bfoex{at}zen.co.uk

    A key player in academic emergency medicine

    While 2002 saw the arrival of the Commonwealth Games in Manchester it also marked the departure of Professor Rod Little, who retired in April and moved to the Isle of Mull.

    Figure 1

    Professor Rod Little in Spain.

    Dr Rod Little, as he then was, came to Manchester in 1977 when the MRC Toxicology Unit, headed by Professor H B Stoner, moved from Carshalton and became the MRC Trauma Unit. Rod became its acting director when Berry Stoner retired in 1984. A year later, in collaboration with the University of Manchester, the unit became the North Western Injury Research Centre, with Rod as its director.

    Rod started his scientific career with a combined degree in zoology and physiology. His PhD on the physiology of injury in the newborn was supervised by …