Lives of the fellows

Tom Watson Wadsworth

b.9 August 1888 d.23 June 1944
MB ChB Liverp(1910) MD Liverp(1912) DPH Liverp(1914) MRCP(1919) FRCP(1933)

Tom Watson Wadsworth, the son of Samuel and Elizabeth (née Whiteheade) Wadsworth, was born at Walton in the county of Lancaster. He qualified at Liverpool University and held a Holt fellowship in physiology before his four years’ service in World War I. In 1919 he joined the staif of the Liverpool Stanley Hospital and in 1920 that of Walton Hospital; he served also the Liverpool Hospital for Diseases of the Chest and the Providence Hospital, St. Helens. Wadsworth remained all his life a student of every allied science of medicine, but showed an equal interest in things manual: he knew the inside of a car and could turn his hand to shirt-making, electrical installation or brick-laying.

A tough north-countryman with a great pride in upholding his high standards of English behaviour, his terrifying effect on students and examination candidates hid a geniality and humanity, shown in his generosity to patients and in his careful, painstaking diagnosis that abhorred the spot opinion of the brash clinician. It was typical of him that when he realised his days were numbered he refused to alter his interests and his private way of life. He married Kathleen May Ward, M.D., in 1933.

Richard R Trail

[Brit.med.J., 1944, 2, 131; Lancet, 1944, 2, 128-9.]

(Volume V, page 432)

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