1918 – 1989
A nephrologist at Leeds General Infirmary, and one of the pioneers of dialysis for acute renal failure.
He was never offered FRCP, perhaps because he worked for most of his career in the urology department (under the influential Leslie Pyrah (qv)) for most of his career.
Pyrah arranged for Parsons, who was his registrar, to visit Chicago in 1955 to work with Professor Charles Huggins. Parsons then spent the last three months of his visit at the Peter Bent Brigham Hospital, Boston, to learn all he could about the use of the drum-coil artificial kidney. On his return to Leeds the acute dialysis service was started in 1956, although with little immediate enthusiasm from the medical establishment in England. Parsons soon built up a wide experience from a series of some 70 cases of acute renal failure, with results that gave conclusive evidence of the value of dialysis.