b.6 August 1891 d.26 June 1961
DSO(1916) BM BCh Oxon(1919) DM Oxon(1923) MRCP(1921) FRCP(1933)
Frederick Hobson, the son of Thomas Frederick Hobson, barrister, and his wife, the former Mary Innes Greig, went from Westminster School to New College, Oxford, where he studied physiology under such giants as Charles Sherrington, Francis Gotch and J. S. Haldane. He had just finished his Schools when the First World War began. ‘Fidgety Fred’, as he was known for his untiring energy, was in France with the Expeditionary Force within a few days as a dispatch rider, and before his return to St. Thomas’s Hospital in 1917 was a brigade-major with a D.S.O, won on the Somme.
Following house posts at St. Thomas’s he went back to Oxford as Theodore Williams scholar in pathology, but soon turned to general practice. In 1922 he became assistant pathologist to the Radcliffe Infirmary with appointments to many of the surrounding hospitals and to the Territorials, and very soon was in a busy consultant practice as a cardiologist with a wide knowledge of general medicine and a rare diagnostic skill.
Hobson was an excellent teacher, and very popular as Litchfield lecturer in clinical medicine at the University. He had a special interest in fevers, investigating in particular scarlet fever and glandular fever, on which he planned a large field study between 1954 and 1957. He was an active member of local medical societies as secretary and chairman.
In 1936 he was secretary of the B.M.A, annual meeting at Oxford, and in 1946 chairman there of the meeting of the Cardiac Society, of which he had been an original member. Throughout his career he was known for his high ideals and standards.
His interests were wide; he read extensively in history, natural history and biography, and was a good carpenter and gardener. In 1916 he married Audrey, the eldest daughter of Professor F. Gotch; they had two daughters and one son. The son became consulting physician at the West Middlesex Hospital and the younger daughter a physiotherapist.
Richard R Trail
[Brit. Heart J., 1961, 23, 716-20 (p); Brit.med.J., 1961, 2, 115-16; Lancet, 1961, 2, 111; Oxf. med. Sch. Gaz., 1961, 13, 179-81 (p).]
(Volume V, page 192)
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