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Ewan Cameron Papers, 1935-1997

Biographical Note

Dr. Ewan Cameron was born in Glasgow, Scotland July 31, 1922. He received his medical degree from the University of Glasgow in 1944, and immediately joined the British Army, where he served as a medical officer in Burma for three years. A gifted surgeon, Cameron worked as a Consultant Surgeon at Vale of Leven Hospital in Dunbartonshire, Scotland, from 1956 to 1982, becoming the Senior Consultant Surgeon in 1973. He received the Queen's Coronation Medal in Britain in 1977, as well as fellowships from the Royal Colleges of Surgeons in Glasgow and Edinburgh, and the Royal Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons in Glasgow. In 1966, Cameron published his first book, Hyaluronidase and Cancer.

In 1971, Cameron began corresponding with Dr. Linus Pauling of the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine. He completed many scientific studies in conjunction with the institute, and published Cancer and Vitamin C with Pauling in 1979. After retirement from Vale of Leven Hospital in 1982, Cameron was invited to become Medical Director and Senior Research Professor at the Linus Pauling Institute, where he worked closely with Pauling on many important research topics. Cameron had a son and a daughter with his first wife, Phemie. After her death in 1985, Cameron married Connie, who survived him after his death on March 21st, 1991.

Timeline for Ewan Cameron

1922 Born in Glasgow, Scotland on July 31.
1943 Begins a two-year period of student internships in surgery and medicine at several Scottish hospitals.
1944 Receives bachelors degrees in medicine and chemistry from the University of Glasgow. (These degrees are equivalent to the North American M.D. degree)
1945 Begins his three-year Army service in Burma. For twenty years following his discharge from active service, Cameron will remain a Lieutenant Colonel in the British Army Reserve, under the title Senior Surgical Specialist.
1948 Continues his surgical training in the Stirling Royal Infirmary and the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. Is also appointed Surgical Registrar at the Western Infirmary of Glasgow, serves for six-months with the Department of Radiotherapy, and assumes teaching duties a the University of Glasgow.
1949 Qualifies as a Fellow qua Surgeon of the Royal Faculty of Physicians and Surgeons, Glasgow.
1950 Named a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.
1952 Named Senior Surgical Registrar at the Royal Alexandra Infirmary in Paisley, Scotland, where he will remain for four years.
1956 Accepts a position as Consultant Surgeon, (aged 33, he is the youngest Consultant Surgeon in all of the United Kingdom) and later Senior Consultant Surgeon, at Vale of Leven District General Hospital in Dunbartonshire, Scotland. Cameron's formal association with the Vale of Leven Hospital will last until 1982. His early research interests focus on the diagnostic and prognostic value of serum glycoprotein concentrations in patients afflicted with an assortment of diseases, including cancer.
1963 Named a Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Glasgow.
1966 Publishes the book Hyaluronidase and cancer, New York: Pergamon Press. Cameron's book advances the theory that the malignant invasiveness of cancer cells might be combated by manipulating hyaluronidase inhibitor, a naturally-occurring substance that controls the hyaluronidase enzyme liberated by malignant tumors. The theory, which Cameron has been developing for at least eleven years, is founded on the notion of fighting cancer through the strengthening of the human body's natural protective mechanisms.
1971 Begins testing his hypothesis that vitamin C is required for the body's synthesis of hyaluronidase inhibitor.
First contacts Linus Pauling to discuss the positive results of his daily administration of ten grams of vitamin C to terminally-ill cancer patients being treated at Vale of Leven Hospital.
1973 With Linus Pauling, publishes "Ascorbic acid and the glycosaminoglycans: an orthomolecular approach to cancer and other diseases," Oncology, 27: 181-192. This is the first in a series of ten papers that Cameron and Pauling will publish over the next nine years on the potential value of vitamin C in the treatment of cancer.
1974 Begins a six-year term as Chairman of the District Medical Advisory Committee of the Argyll and Clyde Health Board, Scotland.
1975 Named Honorary Consultant in General Surgery to the Royal Navy in Scotland.
1977 Receives the Queen's Coronation Medal.
1978 With his wife Lillias "Phemie" Cameron, moves to California after accepting a one-year appointment at the Linus Pauling Institute for Science and Medicine.
Receives the Annual Award of the Institutes for the Achievement of Human Potential, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
1979 With Linus Pauling, publishes the book Cancer and Vitamin C, Menlo Park, California: Linus Pauling Institute. The book will be reprinted by Warner Books in 1981, and will also be translated into French and Japanese.
Accepts a five-year appointment as Research Professor at the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine.
1982 Appointed Medical Director and Senior Research Professor at the Linus Pauling Institute of Science and Medicine, Palo Alto, California.
1983 With colleagues at the Linus Pauling Institute, begins actively researching the potential use of vitamin C in the treatment of AIDS.
1991 Dies on March 21, of prostate cancer. He is survived by his second wife, Constance, as well as a son and a daughter from his first marriage to Phemie Cameron, who died in 1985.

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