Lives of the fellows

Ernest Bosdin Leech

b.9 April 1875 d.19 September 1950
BA Cantab(1897) MA MD DPH Hon MA Manch MRCS FRCP(1919)

Bosdin Leech was born at Stretford near Manchester, the son of Sir Bosdin Leech, at one time Lord Mayor of Manchester, and the nephew of D. J. Leech, F.R.C.P. He was educated at St. Edmunds’ School, Hunstanton, Cheltenham College, Christ’s College, Cambridge, and Manchester University, and did his clinical training at Addenbrooke’s Hospital and the Manchester Royal Infirmary ; he took the Cambridge B.A. degree in 1897 and qualified four years later. He held a number of resident appointments in the Royal Infirmary, visited Berlin and Paris in 1909, and served for a short period on the staff of the Ancoats Hospital, before being elected, in 1913, assistant physician to the Royal Infirmary. He became full physician in 1921 and retired to the consulting staff in 1938. He was also physician to the Christie Hospital. On the outbreak of war in 1914, he was attached to the staff of the Worsley Red Cross Hospital; joining the R.A.M.C. in 1915, he spent the rest of the War in France, Mesopotamia and India, mainly at base hospitals. Leech’s chief interests were in digestive diseases and pharmacology, and he was at his best when teaching applied pharmacology in the wards. Outside his work, he made a hobby of genealogy and studied local medical history. He gave much time to improving the Manchester Medical Library. Though not a brilliant man, he was a modest and unselfish one. He married Mary Walder and had two daughters. He died in Manchester.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1950; B.M.J., 1950; Biog. Details left by Dr. Leech, in R.C.P. Library]

(Volume IV, page 565)

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