Lives of the fellows

Albert Kushlick

b.2 March 1932 d.?1997
MB BCh Wits(1955) MRCP(1958) DPH(1960) MRCPsych(1971) FFCM(1972) FRCP(1979)

Albert Kushlick was director of research into mental handicap and care of the elderly for the Wessex Regional Health Authority and honorary senior lecturer at the University of Southampton Medical School. He was born in South Africa and educated at Benoni High School, Transvaal, later entering Witwatersrand University to study medicine. He went on to house officer posts in Johannesburg, in the professorial unit at the Princess Nursing Home, and in the professorial unit at the Non-European Hospital.

In 1956 he went to London, working for three months as a locum house surgeon at St Giles Hospital, and then as a locum house surgeon at Fulham General Hospital. Between 1957 and 1958 he was a registrar at South Ockendon Hospital for the Mentally Subnormal.

In 1959 he went to Manchester University to study for the diploma in public health and to work as an assistant medical officer in Salford Local Health Authority. He went on to an appointment as an assistant lecturer in the department of social and preventative medicine at Manchester University.

In 1963 he was made director of research into subnormality for the Wessex Regional Hospital Board. From 1967 to 1971 he was senior research officer for the Wessex project in the department of child development at the Institute of Education, London University.

In 1971 he was appointed director of research into mental handicap and the care of the elderly for the Wessex Regional Health Authority and honorary senior lecturer in clinical epidemiology at the University of Southampton Medical School.

Following his retirement he worked as a clinical assistant in psychiatry at the day hospital at Lymington Infirmary and at St Ebbas Hospital, Epsom.

He wrote papers on the epidemiology of learning disability and on applied research on services for people with learning disability.

He married in 1959, but was widowed in 1977. He had one daughter and three sons. At the time of his election to the Fellowship he listed hill walking, drawing and tennis among his interests.

RCP editor

(Volume X, page 287)

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