Rolleston, Humphry Davy

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Rolleston, Humphry Davy

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Son of George Rolleston, physician and surgeon, professor of physiology at Oxford. His mother Grace Davy was niece of Sir Humphry Davy, chemist. Brother of J.D. Rolleston, surgeon. Educated at Marlborough; studied natural sciences at St John's College, Cambridge. Studied medicine at St Bartholomew's Hospital; MB 1888.

Held junior roles at St Bartholomew's. Demonstrator at Cambridge; fellow of St John's College. Employed at the Metropolitan Hospital and the Victoria Hospital for Children.

Curator of the museum at St George's Hospital. Assistant physician 1893-1898, physician 1898-1918, consulting physician 1918. Visiting physician at Atkinson Morley's Convalescent Home, Wimbledon.

Consulting appointments at the King Edward VII Sanatorium, Midhurst, and the Royal National Hospital, Ventnor. Served at the Imperial Yeomanry Hospital, Pretoria in South Africa during the Boer War. Consulting surgeon to the Royal Navy during the First World War as surgeon rear-admiral. Medical Consultative Board for the Navy and the Medical Administrative Committee of the RAF and many Royal Commissions. Physician-in-Ordinary to King George V 1923-1932, Physician-Extraordinary 1932. Regius professor at Cambridge 1925-1932. Censor, president, Harveian orator, Goulstonian lecturer, Lumleian lecturer, Lloyd-Roberts lecturer and FitzPatrick lecturer at the Royal College of Physicians; represented RCP and Cambridge University on the General Medical Council. President of the Royal Society of Medicine. Examiner for the universities of Glasgow, Oxford, Cambridge, London, Durham, Manchester, Bristol and Sheffield. KCB 1919, baronet 1924, GCVO 1929.

Published on diseases of the liver, gall bladder and bile ducts, author of the second edition of 'System of Medicine' 1906-1911 with Allbutt, old age and history of medicine.

Married Lisette Eila Ogilvy in 1894; they had two sons. Died home at Haslemere 24 Sep 1944.


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Atkinson Morley Hospital (1869-2003)

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