Lives of the fellows

Clement Dukes

b.19 November 1845 d.15 January 1925
MD Lond MRCS FRCP(1900) JP

Clement Dukes was born in London, the son of Rev. Clement Dukes. He was an outstanding medical student at St. Thomas’s Hospital and qualified in 1867, afterwards receiving junior appointments there, at the Hospital for Sick Children and at the City of London Hospital for Diseases of the Chest. He was thus well equipped for the post of medical officer at Rugby School, which he obtained in 1871 and held till 1908. Here he served under four headmasters, Hayman, Jex-Blake, Percival and James, and became a leading authority on the medical aspects of boarding school life. His Health at School (1887), which reached a fourth edition, broke new ground and dealt with such subjects as the control of epidemics in schools, the sanitary construction of boarding houses, the relation of diet to work and play and schoolboy psychology. Among his other writings were The Essentials of School Diet (1891) and an article in Allbutt’s System of Medicine. Dukes, who was also a specialist in skin diseases, served on the staff* of the Hospital of St. Cross and as a surgeon-colonel in the Volunteer South Midland Brigade. He was awarded the Bissett-Hawkins Medal of the Royal College of Physicians in 1911, the Howard medal of the Royal Statistical Society, and the silver medal of the French Society of Hygiene. Dukes was twice married: firstly, to Alice Mary Harford and, secondly, to Florence Emma, daughter of J. W. Battley, of Enfield. He had five sons and four daughters. He died at Rugby.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1925; B.M.J., 1925]

(Volume IV, page 419)

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