Lives of the fellows

Leonard George Joseph Mackey

b.8 April 1876 d.21 June 1940
MB ChB Birm(1904) MD Birm(1907) MRCS LRCP(1907) MRCP(1909) FRCP(1930)

Leonard Mackey, one of the most successful and popular consultants of his day in the Midlands, was born in Erdington to George Mackey, a commission agent, and his wife, Eleanor, née Major, and educated at the University of Birmingham. After holding the posts of house physician at Queen’s Hospital and resident medical officer at the General Hospital, he was appointed assistant bacteriologist at the University and pathologist to Queen’s Hospital in 1907, and professor of medicine in 1912. His background of clinical bacteriology led him to specialise in vaccine therapy, in particular in the treatment of nasal and bronchial catarrhal infections.

The appointment in 1923 of honorary physician to the Queen’s and the General Hospitals enabled him to play a prominent part in their amalgamation in the new Queen Elizabeth Hospital. A brilliant diagnostician and a direct teacher of the basic principles of medicine, Mackey was as untiring and careful in his hospital as in his private practice, and he applied himself with equal zest and skill to his hobbies of the collection of antique furniture, salmon fishing, shooting and golf.

Richard R Trail

[, 1940, 2, 68-9; Lancet, 1949, 2, 55.]

(Volume V, page 255)

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