Lives of the fellows

Oscar Janus

b.26 April 1910 d.2 September 1995
BSc MB ChB Manch( 1940) MRCP(1949) FRCP(1967)

Oscar Janus was a consultant physician to the Oldham Group of Hospitals. He was born in Manchester, the son of a shipping merchant. After preparatory school in Buxton and public school at Epworth College he entered Manchester University to read physics. During his time at Manchester he was president of the University Union. His interests later turned to medicine and he qualified in 1940 with a distinction. After house appointments he was appointed as resident medical officer at Manchester Royal Infirmary, a demanding and responsible post but clinically highly rewarding.

As a squadron leader in the RAFVR between 1946 and 1948 he was involved in the care of patients with tuberculosis in field hospitals all over the country. From 1948 until 1951 he was chief assistant to J H Kellgren at the Nuffield rheumatism research department at Manchester Royal Infirmary.

In 1951 he was appointed consultant physician to the Oldham Group of Hospitals and the impact of his presence was felt throughout the hospital service, and also beyond and into the town itself. He established intensive care units at both hospitals and founded the postgraduate medical centre. To be described by a fellow consultant as "an outstanding clinician who remained a master physician always" was a reflection of the esteem in which he was held throughout the north west of England. It was fitting that he became the first secretary of the newly-formed North West Regional Association of Physicians, which is still active today.

In 1951 he married Joan (née Nuttall), who became a local magistrate, but sadly they had no children. After his retirement in 1976 he indulged his other main interest, sailing, and with his wife took their catamaran to the Greek Islands. His twin brother Fred was a consultant ophthalmologist in Manchester.

His long life was dedicated to the practice and maintenance of the highest standards of medicine. He died aged 85, only six weeks after the death of his wife.

R Holmes

(Volume X, page 257)

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