b.22 May 1899 d.3 July 1984
MB BCh BAO(1922) MD Belf(1925) DPH(1927) MRCP(1935) FRCP(1963) FRCPsych(1971)
William McCartan was born in Castlewellan, Co Down, where his father John Bleakley McCartan was in the linen business. His mother Margaret was the daughter of William Moore, a farmer. William was educated in Castlewellan, going on to Queen’s University, Belfast, and undertaking his clinical studies at the Royal Victoria Hospital.
From 1918-19, during the first world war, he served as a surgeon sub-lieutenant in the RNVR, and on demobilization he took house posts first at Belfast City Hospital and then at the Seamen’s Hospital, Greenwich. Having decided to specialize in nervous diseases, he spent a year at the Hospital for Nervous Diseases, Maida Vale, London. From 1925-38 he worked in LCC mental hospitals with a break of a year, from 1927-28, at the Maudsley. He was appointed physician superintendent to St Francis and Hurstwood Park Hospitals, Haywards Heath, in 1938 and continued in this post until 1957; during this period he was also adviser to the mental health department of Brighton Corporation and consultant psychiatrist at Brighton General Hospital. In 1957 he was appointed honorary consultant in psychiatric medicine to St Francis and Lady Chichester Hospitals.
McCartan was a member of the British Medical Association and president of the Royal Medico-Psychological Association (now the Royal College of Psychiatrists) from 1961-62. In 1961 he published an article ‘Monism and dualism: new lamps for old’ in The Journal of Mental Science, 107, no.450.
He married Edith Lord, daughter of Richard Lord, a dentist, in 1929 and they had one daughter. His interests outside medicine and his family included bee-keeping, gardening and fishing.
Sir Gordon Wolstenholme
(Volume VIII, page 299)
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