b.1879 d.23 September 1947
MB ChB Manch(1902) MD FRCP(1922)
Charles Lapage was born at Nantwich, the eldest son of Charles Clement Lapage, M.D. He went to Epsom College as a boy and received his medical education at Owens College, Manchester, graduating as M.B, Ch.B, in 1902 and winning the Agnew prize and Ashby scholarship in diseases of children. His resident appointments were at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, the Children’s Hospital, Pendlebury, and the St. Mary’s Hospitals. In 1908 he was elected physician to the Children’s Hospital, and five years later physician to children at the St. Mary’s Hospitals. At Manchester University he was appointed lecturer on school hygiene in 1909, lecturer on diseases of children in 1913, and reader in charge of his department in 1931; he retained this last office till 1947. During the War of 1914-1918 he served with the 2nd Western General Hospital and, in 1918, with the 57th General Hospital in France, reaching the rank of major. After the War, he established himself as one of Manchester’s foremost paediatricians. He was, however, less successful as a teacher and lecturer than as a clinician and writer, holding himself, it seemed, a little aloof from his students. His book, Feeblemindedness in Children of School Age, first appeared in 1911 and took its place as a standard work. As a student, Lapage was a prominent runner and rugby footballer. He listed the recreations of his middle life as walking in the mountains, golf, swimming and tennis. Indeed, he cultivated his taste for strenuous exercise to the end of his life and was proud of his achievement in climbing every peak of over 2,500 feet in England and Wales at the age of 65. He married in 1915 Hilda, daughter of Dr. Alexander Macdonald of Kirkoswald, and had three sons and a daughter. He died in his home at Didsbury.
G H Brown
[Lancet, 1947; B.M.J., 1947; Biog. Details left by Dr. Lapage, in R.C.P. Library]
(Volume IV, page 580)
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