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Professor John Tapsall AM, 1945–2010
  1. Catherine Ison1,
  2. David Lewis2
  1. 1Sexually Transmitted Bacteria Reference Laboratory, Health Protection Agency, London, UK
  2. 2STI Reference Centre, National Institute of Communicable Diseases, Johannesburg, South Africa
  1. Correspondence to Catherine Ison, Sexually Transmitted Bacteria Reference Laboratory, Health Protection Agency, 61 Colindale Avenue, London NW9 5EQ, UK; catherine.ison{at}

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John Tapsall, Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, School of Medical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine, University of New South Wales, and Senior Specialist (Consultant), WHO Collaborating Centre for STD, Sydney, Department of Microbiology, South East Area Laboratory Services, The Prince of Wales Hospital, Randwick, NSW, Australia.

John Tapsall, who sadly died on 15 December 2010, was born in Queensland on 25 February 1945. After medical graduation from the University of Queensland in 1969, he began a career in pathology and, in 1976, was appointed to the senior medical staff of the Microbiology Department of The Prince of Wales Hospital, Sydney. John had wide microbiological …

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