b.16 April 1863 d.20 September 1925
MB BCh Cantab(1890) MA MD FRCP(1905)
James Russell was born in Birmingham, the son of James Russell, F.R.C.P., physician to the General Hospital, and his wife, Mary Elizabeth Wills, sister of Mr. Justice Alfred Wills. He was educated at Edgbaston Proprietary School and Trinity Hall, Cambridge, where he read mathematics, and studied medicine at Queen’s College, Birmingham, and Guy’s Hospital, graduating as M.B., B.Ch., in 1890. He then held house appointments at Guy’s, paid a visit to Vienna, and in 1891 returned to Birmingham as resident medical officer at the General Infirmary. He was made assistant physician a year later and physician in 1912, and received honorary appointments at several other local institutions, including the Birmingham and Midland Ear and Throat Hospital and the Sutton Coldfield Cottage Hospital. After 1917 he was joint professor of medicine at Birmingham University, where he had already taught as an assistant to the professor and as lecturer on clinical medicine. He edited the Birmingham Medical Review from 1894 to 1903, and delivered the Ingleby lectures in 1922. In his younger days Russell was an expert rock climber, but precarious health, which deteriorated seriously as the result of his service as a major in the 1st Southern General Hospital during the war years, limited his later activity. He was a talented violinist and helped to organise promenade concerts in Birmingham. He died unmarried at Hay Tor. Devon.
G H Brown
[Lancet, 1925; B.M.J., 1925; Presidential Address to R.C.P., 1926 25]
(Volume IV, page 466)
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