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IN tribute to Archibald McDiarmid (VR, January 22, 2011, vol 168, p 83), Maureen Walters writes: Archie McDiarmid, who died in January, aged 94, was a man who could look back on a life during which he achieved a great deal for the benefit and wellbeing of both farm animals and wildlife. His legacy to the world of veterinary science, often understated, encompasses not only his research into disease problems of farm animals – most notably his leading role towards the eventual eradication of brucellosis (contagious abortion in cattle), which was a scourge affecting up to 40 per cent of the national herd – but also his extensive knowledge, interest and study of diseases of free-living wildlife. These two facets of his work have more recently been brought into focus because of the major problem of tuberculosis in cattle and in the indigenous badger population.

He was born in Edinburgh on August 17, 1916, and educated at Melville College, Edinburgh. He attended the Royal (Dick) Veterinary College in Edinburgh, qualifying in 1940. His long career in veterinary research began at the Moredun Institute in Edinburgh in the early 1940s. There, his work was mainly on the diseases of hill sheep.

In 1943, he joined the small number of …

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