Lives of the fellows

Alfred Ernest Russell

b.1870 d.26 March 1944
MD Lond MRCS FRCP(1908)

A. E. Russell, the second son of George Russell, entered St. Thomas’s Hospital with a scholarship, from the Roan School, Greenwich, in 1889. He qualified in 1893 and went on to take the degrees of M.B, B.S, in the next two years, gaining the gold medal in each subject. In his early years as a doctor he held a series of junior appointments at his own Hospital and an assistant physicianship at the West London Hospital. In 1908 he was elected outpatients’ physician to St. Thomas’s. Two years later Russell, a general physician with extensive knowledge of many specialities rather than a specialist himself, wrote a book on the Emergencies of General Practice in collaboration with Sir Percy Sargent. After the 1914-1918 War, in which he served on the staff of the London Territorial Hospital associated with St. Thomas’s, he was made full physician at St. Thomas’s and, on his retirement, consulting physician. He was physician also to the Connaught Hospital, Walthamstow, and medical referee to the Treasury. He examined for the Royal College of Physicians, where he had given the Goulstonian Lectures in 1909. At Banstead, where he first settled after leaving London, he continued to see patients in consultation with local practitioners. Russell was a collector of Chinese porcelain and antique furniture. He married in 1918 Dorothy, daughter of Lt.-Col. Northcote, Royal Marine Artillery, of Wallington, Surrey. He died at Finchampstead Ridges in Berkshire.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1944; B.M.J., 1944]

(Volume IV, page 494)

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