Lives of the fellows

Lars Erik Böttiger

b.23 October 1924 d.13 February 2009
MD Karolinska(1951) PhD(1960) FRCP(1984)

Lars Erik Böttiger was professor and head of the department of medicine at the Karolinska Institute and Hospital, Stockholm, Sweden. He was born in Stockholm, the son of Eric Böttiger, a medical practitioner who was physician in ordinary to the king. Lars studied medicine at the Karolinska Institute and Hospital in Stockholm, qualifying in 1951. He was an instructor in internal medicine at the hospital from 1951 to 1960 and then he joined the staff of the Seraphimahospital until 1972. Following that, he became professor and head of the pharmacotherapeutic division, department of drugs, of the National Board of Health and Welfare. He left that appointment in 1974 to take up the post of professor and head of the department of medicine at the Karolinska Institute and Hospital. He published approximately 350 papers covering such topics as internal medicine, oncology and clinical pharmacology.

In 1948 he married Margareta, the daughter of Olle Westerlund. She was also medically qualified and a professor specialising in epidemiology – in time she was appointed national epidemiologist of Sweden. They had three daughters.

In 1971 Lars joined the board of Acta medica scandinavica, a prestigious journal founded in 1919 and strongly associated with the Karolinska Institute. At the time only contributions from Scandinavia and the Netherlands were accepted for publication but when he became editor-in-chief he decided it needed to be more international and proposed changing its name to Journal of internal medicine. There was a great deal of opposition to this idea but, in 1989, he was successful, continuing to edit a journal internationally recognised in the field of internal medicine until 1995.

RCP editor

[J int med, 265 618-9]

(Volume XII, page web)

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