Lives of the fellows

Arthur Roy Harrison

b.6 March 1917 d.22 May 1995
MRCS LRCP(1940) MB BS Lond(1941) MRCP(1946) MD(1950) FRCP(1967)

‘Harry’, as he was affectionately known by all his colleagues, was a consultant physician at the St Peter’s Group of Hospitals. He graduated from St Mary’s Hospital Medical School, London, in 1940 and, after a year of residency, joined the RAMC, serving in India as a medical officer. He finished his military career as a lieutenant-colonel commanding a field ambulance.

After the war he continued his medical training, holding the position of senior registrar in medicine at Hillingdon Hospital and Edgware General Hospital. He was appointed senior lecturer to the Institute of Urology in 1955 and became a consultant physician to the St Peter’s Group of Hospitals in 1961. He was elected to the Fellowship of the College in 1967.

He played an important role in the developing specialty of nephrology and worked alongside his surgical colleagues at the Institute of Urology, providing sound clinical advice. At this time the use of the artificial kidney was being developed and renal transplantation was in its infancy. He played an important role in these areas and developed particular interests in the metabolic causes of renal stone disease. To this end he worked closely with Alan Rose, the chemical pathologist on the staff at the time, and together they achieved international recognition in this field.

He was to see the renal unit at the St Peter’s Group of Hospitals, one of the twelve postgraduate centres in London, develop considerably. In early 1960 there were only half a dozen patients on regular dialysis and, at the time of writing, the figure is well over two hundred. Harry played an important part in the early development of this programme. He participated in the teaching role of the Institute of Urology and both trainee surgeons and physicians benefited from his experience. He was a kind, courteous man; qualities appreciated by his patients and colleagues.

F D Thompson

[Brit.med.J., 1995,311,869]

(Volume X, page 201)

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