Lives of the fellows

Harold Haldinstein David Haldin-Davis

b.9 May 1881 d.2 February 1949
BA Oxon(1904) BM BCh Oxon(1905) DM Oxon(1925) FRCS(1908) MRCP(1908) FRCP(1931)

Harold Haldin-Davis, the son of Richard Abraham Davis, a merchant, and his wife, Ida, daughter of Philip Haldinstein, was born at Norwich, and educated at Charterhouse, Balliol College, Oxford, and St. Bartholomew’s Hospital. He had meant to specialise in surgery before coming under the influence of Dr Adamson, a foremost dermatologist, and devoting most of his working life to the skin department of the Royal Free Hospital, which he joined after holding house posts and the chief assistantship in the skin department of his parent hospital.

In addition he had appointments to the City of London Hospital for Diseases of the Chest, the Paddington Green Hospital for Children, the Hospital for Diseases of the Skin, Blackfriars, and was dermatologist to the Willesden Rural District Council and the Ministry of Pensions, and a referee of the Ministry of National Insurance. His wide reading and his retentive memory made him a good teacher and a lucid writer, and his outside interest in hospital planning and building led him to an enthusiastic study of housing.

In World War I he saw active service in Palestine, and after it, despite his many hospital commitments, he took a great interest in the civic affairs of St. Marylebone, of which he was a Borough Councillor, and in the dermatological section of the Royal Society of Medicine, of which he was president in 1937.

In 1923 he married Lily, widow of Frank Samuel.

Richard R Trail

[Brit.J.Derm., 1949, 61, 132; Brit.med.J., 1949, 1, 326; Lancet, 1949, 1, 288; Lives R.C.S., 362-3.]

(Volume V, page 168)

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