Lives of the fellows

Vincent Sutherland Hodson

b.22 April 1874 d.9 February 1948
MVO(1912) BA Oxon(1895) BM BCh Oxon(1900) DM Oxon(1927) MRCP(1907) FRCP(1928)

Vincent Hodson died at the age of seventy-three, ten years after retiring from practice. He was the son of Arthur and Mary Catherine (née Callan) Hodson. From Christ’s Hospital he went to Oxford and St. Thomas’s Hospital, and after a year as house physician to Sir Dyke Acland, went in 1902 to the post of resident medical officer to the Kasr-el-Aini Hospital in Cairo. Two years later he joined the Sudan Medical Service and was appointed director of the Khartoum Civil Hospital. There he preferred to remain till 1924, in the rank of assistant director of the Service, establishing the Hospital on modern lines, improving the administration of public health, devoting his spare time to social work, and training staff for the new Kitchener School of Medicine.

For a time he served as a civil surgeon with the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force during World War I. On his return to London he acted as senior medical representative of the Sudan Government and joined the staff of the Royal Chest Hospital. There, although his lack of the scientific approach to diagnosis sometimes led him to rather rash conclusions, he was a straightforward clinician, with a sincere interest in the welfare of patients. His appointment as lecturer in physic to Gresham College gave him great pleasure.

Hodson made light of the chronic illness from which he had suffered from childhood. He played good golf and tennis, was a regular attendant at the Court meetings of the Mercers’ Company, serving it as Master in 1932-3, and was a governor of St. Paul’s School; fitting posts for a man whose family associations with it dated from the sixteenth century.

Richard R Trail

[Brit.med.J., 1948, 1, 419; Lancet, 1948, 1, 320.]

(Volume V, page 193)

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