b.14 July 1915 d.9 March 1962
MB BS Lond(1939) MD Lond(1947) MRCS LRCP(1939) MRCP(1947) FRCP(1954)
John Paterson was born in Kuling, Kiangshi, China, the son of two medical missionaries, James Lee Hamilton and Constance Mabel, daughter of Edward Oliver Brown, a pharmaceutical chemist. His short life was one of outstanding sympathy for his patients, in hard, often unspectacular work that rested on his conviction of the value of clinical service, and was relieved by simple pleasures like foreign travel and the enjoyment of good music. He was educated at University College and University College Hospital from which he qualified just before the start of World War II. After serving as house physician and casualty officer at his parent hospital he worked with Mr Wylie McKissock for eighteen months at the neurosurgical unit of the Emergency Medical Service in Leavesden, Hertfordshire, before joining the R.A.M.C, and being attached to the Military Hospital for Head Injuries in St. Hugh’s College, Oxford. Within a year he was posted as a neurologist to the Army and served in France and Belgium; later he went in the same capacity to the Military Hospital, Delhi. On demobilisation in 1946 he spent a year at University College Hospital as registrar to Dr F. M. R. Walshe before taking a post at the National Hospital, Queen Square, where he was later appointed psychiatric registrar. In 1951 he was elected assistant neurological physician to St. George’s Hospital. For ten years he gave excellent service to under- and post-graduates. For his last five years he was sub-dean to the Institute of Neurology, Queen Square.
He married in 1941 Ursula Ysabel, M.B., B.S., daughter of Conrad Donald im Thurm, a man of independent means; they had one son and one daughter.
Richard R Trail
[Brit.med.J., 1962, 1, 883, 1083; Lancet, 1962, 1, 599-600.]
(Volume V, page 323)
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