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Profiles in drug metabolism and toxicology: Richard Tecwyn Williams (1909-1979)
Linköping University, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Medical and Health Sciences, Division of Drug Research.
2015 (English)In: Drug metabolism reviews (Softcover ed.), ISSN 0360-2532, E-ISSN 1097-9883, Vol. 47, no 4, 401-405 p.Article, review/survey (Refereed) PublishedText
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This article pays homage to the life and work of a veritable pioneer in toxicology and drug metabolism, namely a Welshman, Richard Tecwyn Williams, FRS. Professor Williams, or RT as he was known, made major contributions to knowledge about the metabolism and toxicology of drugs and xenobiotics during a scientific career spanning nearly 50 years. Author or coauthor of close to 400 research articles and reviews, including a classic book, entitled Detoxication Mechanisms, Williams and his research school investigated virtually all aspects of drug metabolism, especially conjugations. In particular, the concepts of phase 1 and phase II metabolic pathways were introduced by Williams; the biliary excretion of drugs was extensively studied as were species differences in drug metabolism and detoxication. Besides investigating the metabolism of many pharmaceutical drugs, such as sulfonamides and thalidomide, Williams and his group investigated the disposition and fate in the body of organic pesticides and recreational drugs of abuse, such as amphetamine, methamphetamine and lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD).

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TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD , 2015. Vol. 47, no 4, 401-405 p.
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Drug metabolism; detoxication; history; toxicology; xenobiotics
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Health Sciences
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-124142DOI: 10.3109/03602532.2015.1115516ISI: 000366813200001PubMedID: 26610047OAI: diva2:896768
Available from: 2016-01-22 Created: 2016-01-19 Last updated: 2016-04-24

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