Lives of the fellows

Francis De Havilland Hall

b.10 April 1847 d.21 January 1929

Francis de Havilland Hall was the son of William Hall, a Tottenham doctor descended from Huguenot stock. Born at Hatfield, he went to Bruce Castle School, Tottenham, before beginning his medical training at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital in 1866. When he had qualified two years later, he remained at St. Bartholomew’s to fill house appointments and acted as physician to the Metropolitan Dispensary. A brief spell in general practice followed before he began a long association with the Westminster Hospital. For some twenty years he was assistant physician in charge of the throat department, becoming full physician in 1896 and consulting physician in 1912. He lectured on the principles and practice of medicine in the Medical School. He also served on the honorary staffs of St. Luke’s Hostel and St. Mark’s Hospital. Although a specialist in throat diseases — his best known work was Diseases of the Nose and Throat (1894) — he displayed his all-round knowledge as an authority on life assurance, being elected president of the Assurance Medical Officers’ Association. De Havilland Hall, who examined in medicine at Durham University and for the Conjoint Board, was a Censor of the Royal College of Physicians and gave the Lumleian Lectures in 1913. As a lecturer, he was precise and categorical, and as a physician, swift and sure in diagnosis. To his friends he was known for his liberality and for his general culture. Historical, biographical and theological works were much to his taste. He married Amy Margaret, daughter of Apsley Smith of Tunbridge Wells, and had one son and three daughters. He died at Twickenham.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1929; B.M.J., 1929; Times, 30 Jan. 1929]

(Volume IV, page 280)

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