Lives of the fellows

Walter Henry Maxwell Telling

b.10 July 1874 d.28 April 1938
MB BS Lond(1898) MD MRCS FRCP(1913) JP

Maxwell Telling was born in the parish of St. Peter Walworth, Surrey, and educated at Camberwell Grammar School. He graduated as M.B, B.S, at Guy’s Hospital in 1898, and from resident appointments there went on to Leeds General Infirmary as resident medical officer. Here he was elected assistant physician in 1903 and in due course became full physician (1912) and consulting physician (1932). He was also appointed to other local hospitals and during the 1914-1918 War served in the 2nd Northern General Hospital with the rank of lieutenant-colonel. At Leeds University he became clinical lecturer on medicine in 1906 and lecturer on pharmacology and therapeutics in 1921. He was promoted to the chair of the latter subjects in 1923, but after a further two years exchanged it for the professorship of medicine. In 1932 he resigned this, too, and succeeded to the chair of forensic medicine, for which his liking for medico-legal work and his experience as an expert witness well fitted him. Telling was a physician of all-round ability, a capable pathologist in his earlier career and increasingly interested in psychology in middle life. He also deeply concerned himself with religion and ultimately identified himself with the "Oxford Group". His many other interests embraced art, music, the collection of china, and rifle-shooting. He married Ingeborg, daughter of Professor Julius Aagaard of Copenhagen and had two daughters and a son. He died in Leeds.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1938; B.M.J., 1938]

(Volume IV, page 535)

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