Lives of the fellows

Alfred Parkin

b.13 May 1879 d.8 February 1933
MB BS Durh(1901) MD Durh(1904) MRCS LRCP(1902) FRCS(1904) MRCP(1908) FRCP(1932)

Alfred Parkin was the youngest son of George Parkin, jeweller, of Gateshead, co. Durham, and his wife, Jane Owens. He was born at Wrekenton, co. Durham, and educated at the Newcastle Grammar School and the University of Durham College of Medicine, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. He graduated with first class honours in 1901 after winning many academic distinctions as a student. He had a period of study at Berlin and Vienna, and after house appointments entered on a fruitful period as resident medical officer to the Newcastle Dispensary. Thereafter he became a surgical registrar, but soon turned to medicine and was appointed assistant physician to the Royal Victoria Infirmary, Newcastle, in 1908, and full physician in 1913. He was an active and beloved member of the staff until his sudden death at the age of fifty-three.

Parkin was a quiet, rather reticent man, with an intense love of clinical work and great charm and humanity. He had a wide reputation as a consultant and was much trusted by medical colleagues, who were often his patients. He taught bedside medicine effectively, but wrote little, his chief contribution being a study of caisson disease, made during the construction of one of the Tyne bridges (Northumb. Durham med. J., 1905. 13, 96-132).

In 1914 he married Elizabeth Fenwick, a nursing sister. They had no family.

Richard R Trail

[Brit.med.J., 1933, 1, 293-4 (p); J.Path.Bact., 1933, 37, 158; Newc. med. J., 1933, 13, 1 (p); Lancet, 1933, 1, 389-90 (p); Lives R.C.S., 608.]

(Volume V, page 318)

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