Lives of the fellows

Charles Hunter

b.7 February 1873 d.18 March 1955
MA Aberd(1894) MB ChB Aberd(1899) MD Aberd(1904) MRCP(1902) FRCP(1930)

Charles Hunter, the son of Ross and Agnes (née Brown) Hunter, was born at Auchterlass, Aberdeenshire, and received his preliminary education at Aberdeen Grammar School before entering the University of Aberdeen. From 1901 to 1904 he did post-graduate work on internal medicine in London and Berlin, and then in Canada where he set up in practice at Winnipeg. For nearly fifty years he was one of the most distinguished consultants in western Canada. During the First World War Hunter served overseas from 1915 to 1919 with the Royal Canadian Medical Corps.

Hunter was a profound scholar and possessed a remarkable diagnostic acumen. Many of his publications demonstrated his flair for original observations. In 1917 he contributed a detailed description of ‘gargoylism’ (Proc. roy. Soc. Med.t 1916-17, 10, 104-16), pointing out the strong familial tendency of that condition with its multiple skeletal deformities and generalised disturbance of cellular metabolism and storage. The condition is now generally referred to as the Hunter-Hurler syndrome.

From 1910 to 1933 he served in the faculty of medicine at the University of Manitoba as an expert clinical teacher, respected and admired by undergraduates, internes and residents. He was associate professor of medicine from 1919 to 1928, when he was appointed professor of medicine. The administrative details of this position did not appeal to him; he resigned after one year, but continued to teach until his retirement in 1933. He was survived by his wife, Marjorie (née Hunter).

Richard R Trail

[Canad. med. Ass. J., 1955, 72, 712; Winnipeg Free Press, 19 Mar. 1955.]

(Volume V, page 208)

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