UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health


Martin Bodian

Publications by Martin Bodian (1910-1963) 


Born in Vienna, Martin Bodian qualified in medicine in 1934. He began his paediatric studies at the University Kinderklinik in Vienna. In 1938 he left Austria and settled in London. He moved to Edinburgh and from there to the pathology department of the Postgraduate Medical School, London. After obtaining the diploma in clinical pathology he was appointed temporary pathologist at the Hospital for Sick Children in 1943. In 1946 he was appointed to the permanent staff as morbid anatomist.

In 1949-50 his first major contribution to childhood pathology was made in collaboration with Dr Douglas Stephens, showing that Hirschsprung's disease was due to an absence of ganglion cells in the distal segment of gut. His monograph on fibrocystic disease of the pancreas was published in 1952, which includes a very thorough study of the pathological changes in this disease. He also became interested in neoplastic diseases and with D Lawson he suggested an improved classification of intracranial tumours.

In 1953 he received a grant from the British Empire Cancer Campaign which was renewed annually. A registry of tumours was set up at the Hospital for Sick Children at this time. He also carried out research on the effects of vitamin B12 on tumours.

Martin Bodian was an excellent teacher and took regular classes of postgraduate students. He was also in demand for the special courses held in the Institute of Child Health. He was MRCP (1953), and a member of the Pathological Society of Great Britain & Ireland, the Association of Clinical Pathologists, and the British Paediatric Association.

List of references

Note: PP refers to Papers Published by Medical & Surgical Staff of the Hospital

(1) Penicillin in the treatment of disease of childhood. Proc R Soc Med. 1945; 38: 572-576. [PP 7:47]

(2) [and Lightwood R] Biliary obstruction associated with icterus gravis neonatorum. Arch Dis Child. 1946; 21(108): 209-17.

(3) Fibrocystic disease of the pancreas. Arch Dis Child. 1946; 21: 179. [Abstract]

(4) Some observations on penicillin: its dosage and administration in infancy. Arch Dis Child. 1946; 21(105): 13-15. [PP 7:46]

(5) [and Higgins TT, Browne, D] A penicillin-treated series of cases of osteomyelitis in childhood. BMJ. 1947; 1(4508), 757-761. PP 7:22.

(6)Bacteriology. In Moncrieff AA (Ed.) A Textbook on the Nursing and Diseases of Sick Children for Nurses and Welfare Workers. 4th ed. London: H. K. Lewis, 1947. pp.95-109. [Shelved in the Moncrieff Cabinet]

(7) *and Barlow AD, Sheldon WP, Wyllie WG] Idopathic pulmonary haemosiderosis (essential brown induration of the lungs). Q J Med. 1948; 65: 25-48. PP 7:6.

(8) *[and Stephens, FD, Ward BCH] Hirschsprung's disease and idiopathic megacolon. Lancet. 1949; 1(6540): 6-11. [PP 8:60]

(9) [and Higgins TT, Browne D, Meyer R, Stephens FD] Discussion on Hirschprung's disease. Proc R Soc Med. 1949; 42: 221-228. PP 8:20.

(10) Hirschsprung's disease. Gastroenterologia. 1950-51; 76(6): 339-343.

(11) Le megacolon et son traitment. Arch Fr Pediatr. 1950; 7(7): 661-679. [PP 8:81]

(12) [and Stephens DF, Ward BCH] Hirschsprung's disease. Lancet. 1950; 1: 19-22.

(13) [and Carter, CO, Ward BCH] Hirschsprung's disease. Lancet. 1951; 1(6650): pp.302-309. [PP 9:45]

(14) [and Wyllie WG, Burrows NF] Myasthenia gravis in children. Arch Dis Child. 1951; 26(129): 457-466.

(15) [and Carter CO, White LL, Louw JH] Congenital duodenal obstruction and mongolism. Br Med J. 1952; 1(4749): 77-78. [PP 10:38]

(16) Chronic constipation in children with particular reference to Hirschsprung's disease. Practitioner. 1952; 169: 517-5129. [PP 10:39]

(17) [and White LLR] Neoplastic diseases in childhood. Gt Ormond St J. 1952; 4: 105-117.

(18) Fibrocystic disease of the pancreas: a congenital disorder of mucus production - mucosis. (Ed.) London: Heinemann, 1952

(19) Megacolon in childhood. In Collis WR (Ed.) Fanconi and Wallgren's Textbook of Paediatrics. London: William Heinemann, 1952. pp679-686. 

(20) [and Newns, GH] Hepatite neo-natale. Arch Fr Pediatr 1953; 10(2): 169-173

(21) [and Lawson D] The intracranial neoplastic diseases of childhood: a description of their natural history based on a clinico-pathological study of 129 cases. Br J Surg. 1953; 40(162): 368-392. [PP 11:26]

(22) Some observations on children with cytomegalic inclusions. Arch Dis Child. 1953; 28: 245-246. [Abstract]

(23) [and Kempton JJ] Duodenal ulcers with extensive liver damage in infant twins. Arch Dis Child. 1953; 28(142): 471-474.

(24) [and Browne, D] Surgical treatment of acute osteitis in childhood. Lancet. 1954; 263(6821): 1081-1081.

(25) Cancer in children. Med Press. 1955; 117: 350-353. [PP 13:39]

(26) [and Dudgeon JA, Pugh RC] Kaposi's varicelliform eruption )eczema herpeticum) with typical and atypical visceral necrosis. J Pathol Bacteriol. 1955; 69(1-2): 67-80.

(27) Fortschritte auf dem gebiete der hirschsprungschen krankheit. Mschr Kinderheilk. 1955; 103: 135-137. [PP 13:40]

(28) Survey of the pathological features of Hand-Schuller-Christian syndrome, Letterer-Siwe disease and eosinophilic granuloma of bone. Proc R Soc Med. 1955; 48(9): 713-715.

(29) Some observations on the pathology of congenital "idiopathic bladder neck obstruction" (Marion's disease). Br J Urol. 1957; 29(4): 393-398. [PP 15:31]

(30) Diagnostic features of some pancreatic diseases. Proc R Soc Med. 1957; 50(9): 641-643. 

(31) Fibroblastic tumours in childhood: treatment of neuroblastoma with vitamin B12. British Empire Cancer Campaign Annual Report. London: BECC, 1957.

(32) Infantile moniliasis: morbid anatomy. In Ridell RW and Stewart GT (Eds.) Fungous Diseases and Their Treatment. London: Butterworth, 1958. pp.105-110. [PP 16:1]

(33) [and Henry TC] A case of pigmented congenital epulis. Br J Surg. 1960; 47: 574-576. [PP 17:2]

(34) Pathological aids in the diagnosis and management of Hirschsprung's disease. In Dyke SC (Ed.) Recent Advances in Clinical Pathology. Series 3. London: Churchill, 1960.

(35) [and Fraccaro M, Taylor AI, Newns, G] A human intersex ("true hermaphrodite") with XX/XXY/XXYYY sex chromosome. Cytogenetics 1962; 1(2): 104-112 [PP 20:33]

(36) *[and Clayton B, Schlesinger B, Jones KV] Typus degenerativus amstelodamensis. Arch Dis Child. 1963; 38(200): 349-357. [PP 21:52]

(37) [and Leibowitz] A study of the vesical ganglia in children and the relationship to the megaureter megacystis syndrome and Hirschsprung's disease. J Clin Pathol. 1963; 16: 342-350.

(38) [and Rigby CC] Experimental study of the relationship between vitamin B12 and two animal tumour systems. Br J Cancer. 1963; 17: 90-99. [PP 20:4]

(39) [and Carter CO] A family study of Hirschspriung's disease. Ann Hum Genet. 1963; 26: 261-277. [PP 20:5]

(40) [and Danks D] A genetic study of neonatal obstructive jaundice. Arch Dis Child. 1963; 38: 378-390. [PP 21:5]

(41) Neuroblastoma: an evaluation of its natural history and the effects of therapy, with particular reference to treatment by massive doses of vitamin B12. Arch Dis Child. 1963; 38: 606-619. [PP 21:4]

(42) [and Lake BD] The rectal approach to neuropathology. Br J Surg. 1963; 50: 702-714. [PP 20:3]

(43) [and Rigby CC] Review of hospital series of nephroblastoma. British Empire Cancer Campaign Annual Report. London: BECC, 1963.

(44) [and Sheldon W, Lightwood R] Congenital hypoplasia of the exocrine pancreas. Acta Paediatr. 1964; 53:282-293.

(45)[and Marshall WC, Weston HJ] Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia and congenital hypogammaglobulinaemia. Arch Dis Child. 1964; 39: 18-25. [PP 21:6]

(46) [and Wilkinson AW] Congenital malignant neurilemmonia. J Clin Pathol. 1964; 17: 130-134. [PP 21:65]

(47) [and Rigby C] The pathology of nephroblastoma. In Riches, Sir E (Ed.). Tumours of the kidney and ureter. Edinburgh: E & S Livingstone, 1964. [Copy held in Cruciform Library]

(48) [and Black JA, Kobayashi N, Lake BD, Shuler SE] Recurrent haematuria in childhood. Q J Med. 1965; 34: 359-382. [PP 23:6]

(49) [and Ockenden BG] Aspects of cancer in childhood. In Gairdner D (Ed.) Recent Advances in Paediatrics. 3rd ed. London: Churchill, 1965. pp.266-293. [Moncrieff Cabinet]


M Bodian. BMJ. 1963; 2: 873.