Lives of the fellows

David Forsyth

b.24 November 1877 d.10 April 1941
MD DSc Lond MRCS FRCP(1910)

David Forsyth was born at Greenwich, the son of Alexander Forsyth, M.D, and was educated at the Roan School. Guy’s Hospital was his medical school. Having qualified in 1900, he passed through several junior appointments there and acted as clinical assistant in the Hospital for Diseases of the Skin, Black-friars. He was elected assistant physician, first to the Evelina Hospital for Children and then, in 1906, to Charing Cross Hospital, where he had charge of the children’s department till 1909, was pathologist from 1905 to 1914, and lectured on practical medicine and therapeutics; from both Hospitals he eventually retired as consulting physician. In his later years he was also senior physician to the psychiatric clinic of the Ministry of Pensions. Child health and psychology were indeed his specialities, as the titles of his principal works show: Children in Health and Disease (1909), The Technique of Psycho-Analysis (1922) and Psychology and Religion (1935). He took a keen interest in new theories of psychology and courageously declared his support for Freud in his early days, thereby incurring some public hostility. Undramatic in his gestures and delivery, he was nevertheless an inspiring and popular teacher. He married Kate, daughter of Frederick Neale, and had two sons. He died at Weymouth Street, London.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1941; B.M.J., 1941]

(Volume IV, page 507)

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