b.1876/7 d.7 April 1949
MB BCh Cantab(1900) MA MD MRCS FRCP(1923) JP
Donald Hall was born at Gatehouse-of-Fleet in Kirkcudbrightshire and was the stepson of a Dr. Cox. He was educated at Edinburgh Academy and at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, where he took a first in natural sciences in 1897. Returning to Edinburgh for his clinical studies, he graduated as M.B, B.Ch, in 1900. The next few years were occupied with service as a surgeon in the hospital ship Nubia in the South African War and with house appointments at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and Royal Hospital for Sick Children. In 1904, however, he settled in general practice at Hove, becoming assistant physician to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, where he had already worked as a house physician. With this institution he remained in permanent association, eventually holding the offices of consulting physician, chairman of the board of management, and president. Hall was also a member of the staff of the Sussex Throat and Ear Hospital. During the 1914-1918 War he served as a major with the 2nd South-Eastern General Hospital, and in the second World War he returned to active work at the County Hospital. He became a consultant after election as an F.R.C.P. and made a name for himself as an authority on the electrocardiograph. A rugby player of note in his student days, he made shooting and fishing his principal recreations in later life. He died at Hove, survived by his wife and family.
G H Brown
[Lancet, 1949; B.M.J., 1949; Al.Cantab., iii, 198]
(Volume IV, page 586)
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