Lives of the fellows

Hugh James Moore Playfair

b.1864 d.25 March 1928
MD Lond FRCS(1899) FRCP(1918)

Hugh Playfair was born in Edinburgh, the son of General Archibald Playfair and a cousin of W. S. Playfair, F.R.C.P., physician- accoucheur to King’s College Hospital. He went to school at Fettes and graduated in medicine from King’s College, London, in 1890. He then served in a series of junior posts in King’s College Hospital, which he interrupted in order to take a postgraduate course in Berlin; he proceeded to the F.R.C.S. in 1899. He was elected assistant physician-accoucheur and lecturer on practical obstetrics in 1904, promoted to be obstetrical and gynaecological surgeon in 1913, and given consulting rank on his retirement in 1925. He was also assistant physician to the Royal Waterloo Hospital for Children and Women for a few years, and, in turn, gynaecological surgeon and consulting gynaecological surgeon to the Metropolitan Hospital. Playfair was a brisk and energetic man of high ability. His love for art was shared by his wife, Eva Journault, whom he married in Paris in 1905. They had no children of their own, but adopted the son of his brother, Arthur Playfair, the actor. Playfair died in London.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1928; B.M.J., 1928; Plarr, ii, 183]

(Volume IV, page 560)

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