b.6 February 1908 d.12 November 1972
MB BCh BAO Belf(1930) MD(1934) BSc(1936) MRCP(1944) FRCP(1962)
Joseph Alexander Fisher was born at Newry, Co.Down, Northern Ireland, the son of Alexander Fisher, a solicitor, and his wife Roberta Elizabeth, daughter of William Harcourt McCrea, a farmer. He was educated in Ireland and graduated MB BCh BAO with honours and the first place in medicine from Queen’s University, Belfast, in 1930. After house posts in Belfast he went abroad to study medicine in Florence, Rome and Vienna. He returned to Belfast in 1934 and was Riddell demonstrator in pathology. From 1938-1943 he was senior lecturer in pathology at Bristol University. He took the MRCP in 1944 and for four years worked in the Nuffield department of clinical medicine at the Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford. In 1950, after recovering from a period of severe illness, he carried out a survey of general practice for the Nuffield Foundation. In 1953 he was appointed consultant physician to Musgrave Park Hospital. He was elected a Fellow of the College in 1962.
Lex Fisher was deeply interested in his patients, not just as a doctor but as a friend, and he was a very welcome visitor in the homes of poor patients in Belfast. He was deeply grieved by the troubles of Northern Ireland.
In 1947 he married Sylvia Mary, daughter of Frank Pullen, a tea planter, and they had a son and a daughter.
Sir Gordon Wolstenholme
[Brit.med.J., 1973, 3, 177]
(Volume VI, page 177)
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