Lives of the fellows

Albert Ramsbottom

b.1877 d.19 February 1951
MC MB ChB Manch(1901) MD DPH FRCP(1920)

Albert Ramsbottom was born at Middleton, Lancashire, the son of a draper. His medical training took place at Owens College, Manchester, and, after graduating as M.B, Ch.B, in 1901, he served in resident appointments at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, the Salford Union Infirmary, and the Barnes Convalescent Hospital, Cheadle. He was elected assistant physician to the Royal Infirmary in 1912 and in later years became full physician and, finally, consulting physician. In the War of 1914-1918, he served as a regimental medical officer, as a D.A.D.M.S., and with a field ambulance, winning the Military Cross. He was appointed professor of clinical medicine at Manchester University in 1921, having been lecturer on the subject previously, and was given the title of emeritus professor in 1937. He examined for Manchester University and was made a Censor of the Royal College of Physicians, being the second provincial Fellow to receive this honour. Ramsbottom believed in cultivating hobbies outside his work — "Never let medicine get the upper hand of you", he said — and occupied his leisure with otter hunting, breeding champion bulldogs, watching cricket and racing, and rearing poultry. He was a cheerful, dapper little man, with the Lancastrian’s habit of expressing himself in no uncertain terms. He lived at Kelsall in his retirement but died at his club in Manchester.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1951; B.M.J., 1951]

(Volume IV, page 572)

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