Lives of the fellows

John Cuthbert Matthews

b.29 July 1878 d.18 September 1965
MC(1917) BA Cantab(1899) MB BCh Cantab(1903) MD Cantab(1921) MRCS LRCP(1901) MRCP(1918) FRCP(1926)

Cuthbert Matthews, the son of a doctor, Joseph Matthews, and his wife, formerly Jean Cuthbert Kent, was educated at University College, Liverpool, and Downing College, Cambridge. After qualification he spent a year in resident appointments at the Liverpool Royal Infirmary, and in 1902 was Holt fellow in pathology at University College, Liverpool. From 1903 until he joined the R.A.M.C, at the outbreak of the First World War he was in general practice. He was severely wounded in France and awarded the M.C. After the war he returned to the Liverpool Royal Infirmary as resident medical officer and medical registrar, and in 1919 was elected to the honorary staff of the Liverpool Royal Infirmary. He held also consultant appointments at the Hospital for Women, Liverpool, and the Sir Alfred Jones Memorial Hospital, Garston, and was for nine years lecturer in clinical medicine in the University of Liverpool. He retired in 1934 to Downton in Wiltshire.

He was a most conscientious doctor and teacher, who earned the affectionate regard of all his colleagues. For many years he was active in the affairs of the British Medical Association as a member of the Council from 1925 to 1945, as chairman of the Organisation Committee from 1932 to 1945, and as chairman or member of many other committees. After his retirement he was chairman of the Salisbury division for many years, and was elected a vice-president of the Association.

He wrote little, but was an ardent reader and an authority on Charles Dickens. He married, but had no family.

Richard R Trail

[Brit.med.J., 1965, 2, 763-4, 1007.]

(Volume V, page 271)

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