Lives of the fellows

Henry Lawrence McKisack

b.27 October 1859 d.26 March 1928
MB BCh MAO RUI(1887) MD FRCP(1916)

H. L. McKisack was born at Carrickfergus, the son of James McKisack of Belfast and his wife Eleanor Sophia, daughter of Hill Willson of Carrickfergus. He went to school at Holywood and Broadstairs and also attended the Royal Academical Institution, Belfast. After a short period in business, he entered Queen’s College, Belfast, to study medicine, and he graduated there as M.B, M.Ch, M.A.O., in 1887. He then served in house appointments in the Royal Victoria Hospital and as gynaecologist to the Ulster Hospital for Women and Children, and enlarged his experience with visits to Dublin, London and Birmingham. He returned to Belfast to make his career as a consultant and was soon appointed to the staff of the Royal Victoria Hospital, from which eventually he retired as consulting physician. He also became clinical lecturer at Queen’s University and examined in medicine for Trinity College, Dublin. During the 1914-1918 War he acted as physician to the Ulster Volunteer Force Hospital and as consulting physician to the Forces in Northern Ireland, and later he was appointed consulting physician to the Ministry of Pensions. McKisack’s principal work was a Dictionary of Medical Diagnosis (1907); he also published a smaller Systematic Case-Taking (1912). He married Emily, daughter of Henry Matier of Belfast, and had a son and a daughter. He died at Belfast.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1928; B.M.J., 1928; Presidential Address to R.C.P., 1929, 8]

(Volume IV, page 548)

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