b.2 August 1863 d.12 January 1945
MB CM Edin(1885) BSc(1888) MD FRCP(1920)
W. F. Menzies was born at Montreal, Canada, the eldest son of William Cunningham Menzies, a bank clerk who had emigrated from Scotland. He first went to school at Halifax, Nova Scotia, but, after his father’s death, he was sent to Fettes College in Edinburgh. From there he went on to Edinburgh University, where he graduated as M.B, C.M, in 1885, and, after studying at University College, London, as B.Sc. in 1888. Menzies practised in mental diseases throughout his career. Having acted as assistant medical officer in the Kent County Mental Hospital from 1885 to 1887, he obtained a similar post at the Rainhill Mental Hospital, near Liverpool, of which he became deputy medical superintendent in 1889. Ten years later he was appointed medical superintendent of the Cheddleton Mental Hospital, Staffordshire, where he remained till ill health compelled him to retire in 1936. For the last three years of this period he was also consulting psychiatrist to the North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary and neuropsychiatrist to Stoke-on-Trent Orthopaedic Centre. He was president of the Royal Medico-Psychological Association in 1920. His chief interest outside his work was music; he founded an orchestra at Cheddleton, recruited from members of the staff and friends, which he conducted himself. He married in 1899 Jessie, daughter of George Green of Watford, and had two sons and two daughters. He died at Radlett. 1945.
G H Brown
[B.M.J., 1945; Biog. details left by Dr. Menzies, in R.C.P. Library]
(Volume IV, page 570)
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