Pediatric Radiology

, Volume 41, Issue 2, pp 267–269 | Cite as

John C. P. Williams of Williams-Beuren syndrome

  • Howard M. Lenhoff
  • Rita L. TeeleEmail author
  • Patricia M. Clarkson
  • Walter E. Berdon
Historical Perspective


John C.P. Williams of New Zealand, whose name is associated with Williams-Beuren syndrome, spent his known professional career primarily in cardiovascular research. His disappearance in the mid-1970s and his later life remain a mystery.


Williams Beuren History of medicine 



We thank Ms. Nicole Babcock, archivist at the Mayo Clinic; E. Andrew Wood of Rochester, MN, for Fig. 1; Dr. Sally Page (Dept. of Physiology, University College London); the numerous colleagues and friends of Dr. Williams whom we interviewed, and Thomas Morgan, nephew of Dr. J.C.P. Williams, for their help.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Howard M. Lenhoff
    • 1
  • Rita L. Teele
    • 2
    • 3
    Email author
  • Patricia M. Clarkson
    • 4
  • Walter E. Berdon
    • 5
  1. 1.Developmental & Cell Biology, School of Biological SciencesUniversity of California, IrvineIrvineUSA
  2. 2.Department of Radiology, Starship Children’s HospitalAuckland Medical SchoolAucklandNew Zealand
  3. 3.Department of Radiology, Children’s HospitalHarvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  4. 4.Green Lane Paediatric and Congenital Cardiac ServiceStarship Children’s HospitalAucklandNew Zealand
  5. 5.Department of RadiologyChildren’s Hospital of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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