Lives of the fellows

Abd-el-Aziz (Pasha) Ismail

b.20 March 1889 d.20 February 1942
MB Cairo(1910) MD Cairo(1911) DTM&H Cantab(1913) DPH Lond(1914) MRCP(1913) FRCP(1932)

Abd-el-Aziz Ismail, who was to become the first Egyptian to take the College Membership and the most distinguished native physician in Cairo, was born in the small town of Belkas, where his father was a landowner. He received his early education in his local school and then worked at Cairo, where he graduated from the School of Medicine, and then worked for a year at the Kasr-el-Aini Hospital before doing post-graduate work in London from 1911 to 1914.

On his return home to private practice he was elected physician to the King’s Hospital and in 1918 lecturer in medicine. For his outstanding services he was given the title of Pasha in 1937, and made post-graduate professor of medicine in 1940.

Ismail was gifted with an excellent memory and was recognised by his colleagues and students as a capable teacher and an understanding examiner, for he had an acute clinical sense and the broad humanity that enabled him to give the same attention to detail whether his patient was of the Royal Family or the poorest fellah.

He had six children, three daughters and three sons. One son was an assistant professor of medicine at the time of his father’s death at the early age of fifty-two.

Richard R Trail

[J. Egypt, med. Ass., 1942, 25, 35; Lancet, 1942, 1, 723 (p).]

(Volume V, page 211)

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