Lives of the fellows

Eric Danvers Macnamara

b.25 May 1874 d.24 August 1934
BA Cantab(1890) MB(1903) MA MD MRCS LSA FRCP(1911)

Eric Macnamara was an undergraduate at Peterhouse, Cambridge, where he took the degree of B.A. in 1890. He studied medicine at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, and, after qualifying, entered the medical department of the Royal Navy. His five year’s service was spent mainly with the China Squadron, at that time occupied with the Boxer Rising and the Pekin relief force. On resigning, he returned to Cambridge to take the degree of M.B. in 1903 and made a special study of mental diseases. He obtained junior posts at the Bethlem Royal Hospital, the National Hospital for the Paralysed and Epileptic and the Westminster Hospital. At the last of these, he went on to become assistant physician, lecturer on medicine, and dean of the Medical School. He resigned these appointments in 1912, however, in order to take up those of physician for mental diseases and lecturer on psychological medicine at Charing Cross Hospital. Macnamara was also physician, for the greater part of his career, to the West End Hospital for Nervous Diseases and, for a short time, to Paddington Green Children’s Hospital, as well as a lecturer at Bethlem Royal Hospital. He examined in psychology for both the Conjoint Board and London University and was a visitor for Middlesex under the Mental Deficiency Act. During the 1914-1918 War he served both in the medical department of the Admiralty and in the R.A.M.C. Although more interested in psycho-pathology and psychiatry than organic neurology, he was a highly competent neurologist and diagnostician, with a broad knowledge of general medicine. A good committee man, he was personally unassuming and charming. He married in 1904 Frances Mary, daughter of Dr. W. Simpson Craig and sister of Sir Maurice Craig, F.R.C.P. ; they had two sons. Macnamara died in London.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1934; B.M.J., 1934]

(Volume IV, page 518)

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