McKissock, Wylie

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McKissock, Wylie

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        Born in Staines, Middlesex, the son of Alexander Cathie McKissock, a linoleum manufacturer and author who went under the pseudonym of Alan Graham, and his wife Rae, nee Wylie. He went to the City of London School and King's College before winning the Laking Memorial prize and entrance scholarship to St George's Hospital.

        Four years after qualifying he decided on his future career in neurosurgery and in 1936 he travelled to Stockholm to visit Professor Olivecrona. On returning to London he was appointed neurological surgeon to the Maida Vale Hospital for Nervous Diseases, which enabled him to build up a department of neuroradiology. In 1937 he was awarded a Rockefeller Travelling Fellowship which allowed him to meet Gilbert Horrax at the Lahey Clinic in Boston and also visited many other neurological centres in North America. In his training he was influenced by Sir Steward Duke-Elder, Charles Donald and Lionel Colledge. He held appointments at the Hospital for Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, and at the National Hospital for Nervous Diseases in Queen Square.

        During the war he was surgeon-in-charge at the neurological centre at Leavesden, the Atkinson Morley Hospital and the Royal United Hospital in Bath. Later he became consultant to the Royal Navy, the army and the Royal Air Force. He received the OBE in 1946 in recognition of his work treating head injuries during the Blitz.

        He published many papers and chapters but one of his contributions related to the treatment of small aneurysms by using angiography and hypothermia to localise and obliterate the lesions which were causing a very high mortality.

        In 1934 he married Rachel Jones and they had one son and two daughters. On his retirement he received his Knighthood, and was also President of the Society of British Neurological Surgeons.


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        Atkinson Morley Hospital (1869-2003)

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            Royal College of Surgeons

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