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William Pryse-Phillips

William Pryse-Phillips is emeritus Professor of Medicine (Neurology) at Memorial University, St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. After graduation in 1961 he trained in Psychiatry, Medicine and Neurology.

His books published over the last 40 years are Epilepsy (John Wright, Bristol, 1969); Essential Neurology (with Dr. TJ Murray; 4th English edition 2003, (Elsevier); also one Arabic and two Spanish editions); and Companion to Clinical Neurology (1994, Little, Brown, Boston MA; Japanese edition (1998); 2nd edition (Oxford University Press, 2003) and 3rd edition (OUP, 2009, He described and named the Olfactory Reference Syndrome in 1971 but his other (over 120) peer-reviewed journal publications or book chapters have dealt with migraine and other headaches, multiple sclerosis, genetic conditions, medical ethics and neurological history. He has been University Orator at Memorial University since 1977. His children’s book “Free Flight” was a finalist for the Newfoundland Children’s Book Awards in 2014. He has been an orator at Memorial University since 1977.

He has three children – Gwyneth, a financier; Amy, an environmental engineer; and Sam, a film-maker. They all call St. John’s home but actually live variously between here, Toronto, Vancouver and/or wherever the next shoot is located.

Dr. Pryse-Phillips’ interests outside medicine include cooking, extreme gardening, long-distance walking, skiing, salmon fishing, iconoclasm, and writing orations, lectures and books.