Lives of the fellows

Edwin Goodall

b.1863 d.29 November 1944
CBE(1919) MD Lond MRCS FRCP(1903)

Edwin Goodall was born in Calcutta, the son of E. B. Goodall, a solicitor. He qualified from Guy’s Hospital in 1885, and, after postgraduate study at Tübingen, obtained house appointments at Guy’s and the Bethlem Royal Hospital and became a demonstrator of pathology at Owens College, Manchester. Having decided to devote his career to the treatment of insanity, he acted as an assistant medical officer in the West Riding Asylum, Wakefield, and was then selected to fill the post of medical superintendent of the Joint Counties Asylum at Carmarthen. In 1906, he received the same appointment at the Cardiff City Mental Hospital, where he remained till he retired in 1929. During the 1914-1918 War, the Hospital housed military patients, with Goodall in command as an R.A.M.C. lieutenant-colonel. He was made C.B.E. in 1919. In later years he lectured on mental disorders at the Welsh National School of Medicine. He delivered the Croonian Lectures before the Royal College of Physicians in 1914 and was president of the Royal Medico-Psychological Association in 1923 and Maudsley lecturer in 1927. He jointly edited the Journal of Mental Science for some years. His principal service to medicine, however, was to stress, at a time when it was not fully appreciated, the close relationship of psychological and general medicine. This he accomplished by founding a psychiatric outpatient department in the Cardiff Royal Infirmary and by appointing visiting specialists in medicine, surgery, gynaecology and otology to the Mental Hospital. "The Colonel", as he was affectionately called, was a small spruce figure, affecting a contempt for rules and regulations while insisting on their observance, and pretending an ignorance of modern psychology on which he was exceptionally well informed. In retirement at Hove, he kept abreast of the latest developments in medicine. His wife, whom he married in 1899, was Anna Filippa Jönsson of Halmstad, Sweden. Goodall died at Hove.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1944; B.M.J., 1944]

(Volume IV, page 449)

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