Lives of the fellows

John Phillips

b.6 July 1855 d.8 December 1928
MA MB Cantab(1881) MD MRCS FRCP(1892) JP

John Phillips was born at Pavenham near Bedford, the son of Zachariah Phillips and his wife Ann Ayres, and educated at Bedford Grammar School. He read natural sciences at St. John’s College, Cambridge, graduating in 1877, before pursuing his clinical training at King’s College, London. He took his M.B. degree in 1881, and then concentrated on obstetrics. King’s elected him assistant obstetric physician in 1889, full physician nine years later, and professor of obstetric medicine in 1904. He also held honorary appointments at the British Lying-In Hospital and the Bromley Cottage Hospital. He served as Examiner to Cambridge, London and Glasgow Universities and to the Conjoint Board. He published in 1893 Outline of Diseases of Women, which reached a fourth edition in 1906, and jointly edited the King’s College Hospital Reports from 1893 to 1895; but latterly the claims of his successful practice allowed him no time for authorship. When he retired in 1915, King’s made him consulting obstetric physician and emeritus professor. In 1918 he was appointed Honorary Physician to the Queen and knighted. As an obstetrician, he was known for the care of his diagnosis, for his manipulative skill and dexterity, and for his fine record of success. He married, firstly, in 1890 Rachel Rattray, daughter of Robert Tweedie Middleton, M.P, D.L, by whom he had one son and three daughters, and, secondly, in 1926 Beatrice Margaret Naish, daughter of the vicar of Upnor, Kent.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1928; B.M.J., 1928; Lyle, 341]

(Volume IV, page 359)

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