Lives of the fellows

Herbert Campbell Thomson

b.1870 d.11 February 1940
MB Lond(1893) MD MRCS FRCP(1902)

Herbert Campbell Thomson was born at Higham Ferrers, the son of David Thomson, M.D., who practised in Luton, and was educated at Epsom College. He was a student at the Middlesex Hospital, winning the Broderip scholarship in 1893 and graduating as M.B. in the same year. He then filled a long succession of junior posts in the Hospital culminating in his election as assistant physician in 1900. He was appointed physician in charge of the department for nervous diseases twelve years later, and consulting physician when he retired in 1924. Although an, able neurologist who also served on the staff of the Hospital for Epilepsy and Paralysis, Maida Vale, and the author of a popular Introduction to Diseases of the Nervous System (1899), Campbell Thomson’s outstanding achievement was to effect a vast improvement in the management and the status of the Middlesex Medical School, during his tenure of the office of dean, from 1908 to 1919. During the war years, 1914 to 1918, he also attended the wards of Queen Alexandra’s Military Hospital, Millbank. Campbell Thomson was a man of selfless character. His devotion to the Middlesex School manifested itself in many ways, particularly in his support of its rugby club and its O.T.C. In retirement at Dulverton, he wrote The Story of the Middlesex Hospital Medical School (1935). He also edited the Memories of a Stag Harbourer (1931) — the reminiscences of Fred Goss — which became a minor classic in its own field. He was one of the earliest motorists and his friendship with Sir Henry Royce gave him an interest in industrial medicine. He married in 1895 Constance, daughter of R. T. Frere, F.R.C.P, first dean of the Middlesex Medical School, and had two daughters. He was the elder brother of F. G. Thomson, F.R.C.P, and a cousin of Sir StClair Thomson, F.R.C.P. He died at Dulverton.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1940; B.M.J., 1940]

(Volume IV, page 441)

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