Lives of the fellows

John Douglas Stanley

b.? d.5 July 1941
MB CM Edin(1889) MD FRCP(1919)

Douglas Stanley’s family came from Ulster. He began his education at Antwerp where his father, who later settled into the living of Oulton in Norfolk, was a chaplain. He took the degrees of M.B, C.M, at Edinburgh in 1889 and then obtained resident appointments at the Edinburgh Royal Infirmary and the Northern Dispensary, London. Having completed his studies at the London Hospital and at Lille, he joined the junior staff of the Birmingham General Hospital in 1893. After another three years he was elected to the honorary staffs of the Queen’s Hospital and Children’s Hospital, Birmingham, and in 1909 was made professor of pharmacology and therapeutics at Birmingham University. His teaching — based on his own experience rather than the precepts of textbooks — attracted a large following of students, in spite of his sarcastic manner. He gave much time to hospital administration and never failed to express his opinions in strong terms. "D.S." was a collector of antiques and china and a student of architecture and French literature, and was devoted to his hobby of cabinet-making. He died at Feckenham, Worcestershire.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1941; B.M.J., 1941]

(Volume IV, page 567)

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