Lives of the fellows

Clive Riviere

b.8 October 1872 d.6 March 1929
MB Lond(1898) MD MRCS FRCP(1909)

Clive Riviere’s birthplace was Charlton Kings in Gloucestershire. His father was Briton Riviere, R.A, and his mother a sister of Sydney Dobell and daughter of John Dobell. He began his education at St. Andrews University and continued it at University College School and University College, London. He studied medicine at St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, where he was awarded the Brackenbury scholarship, and Tübingen University, graduating as M.B. in 1898. He then held a succession of junior posts at his own Hospital and a registrarship at the Hospital for Sick Children. He next became physician to the East London Hospital for Children and, in 1902, to the City of London Hospital for Diseases of the Chest. In this latter capacity, he earned a worldwide reputation as a pioneer of artificial pneumothorax treatment, for his insistence on the early diagnosis of pulmonary tuberculosis, and for his work on the development of surgery of the chest. His views were published in three well-known books, Tuberculin Treatment (1912), written in collaboration with E. C. Morland, The Early Diagnosis of Tubercle (1914) and The Pneumothorax Treatment of Tuberculosis (1917). Riviere’s artistic sensitiveness and deftness of touch, added to a fine clinical judgment, well fitted him for the appreciation of physical signs in thoracic disease, just as the charm of his personality and his transparent integrity made him an admirable secretary of international congresses. He married Henrietta Maria, daughter of Thomas Osier of New Zealand. He died at his house in Queen Anne Street, London.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1929; B.M.J., 1929; Presidential Address to R.C.P., 1929, 35]

(Volume IV, page 505)

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