Lives of the fellows

Francis Graham Crookshank

b.1873 d.27 October 1933
MD Lond MRCS FRCP(1920)

Born at Wimbledon, the son of W. H. F. Crookshank and his wife Alice Harriet Burton, F. G. Crookshank received his medical training at University College, London, and qualified in 1894. He served in resident appointments in University College Hospital, the Brompton Hospital, and the Northampton County Asylum, before settling in general practice at Barnes, where he was given charge of the Mortlake Isolation Hospital. A few years before the outbreak of war in 1914, he turned to consulting practice, and, after acting as clinical assistant at the West London Hospital and the Paddington Green Children’s Hospital, he was elected to the staffs of the Hampstead General Hospital and the Belgrave Hospital for Children. During the War he served in France, as medical director of the English Military Hospital at Caen, and, later, as a captain in the R.A.M.C. On his return to London, he was a registrar at the London Hospital for a time and joined the staffs of the Prince of Wales’s General Hospital, St. Mark’s Hospital and the French Hospital. He became increasingly concerned with the psychological and philosophical aspects of medicine, contributing to standard works on psychology and psycho-analysis, and keenly supporting Adler’s viewpoint. He helped to form a medical group that came to be known as the Medical Society of Individual Psychology. His best written work was The Mongol in our Midst, first published in 1925. He was Bradshaw Lecturer at the Royal College of Physicians in the following year. Crookshank was a man of wide intellectual grasp and bold imagination, but his views suffered in exposition through over-subtlety and a lack of definition. He was twice married, his second wife, whom he married in 1925, being Helene, daughter of Professor Gustave Bonhoure of Vendôme. He died in London.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1933; B.M.J., 1933]

(Volume IV, page 567)

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