Lives of the fellows

Leslie Jacobson

b.22 February 1918 d.? March 2000
BSc Cape Town(1938) MB ChB(1941) DTM&H(1947) MRCP(1948) FRCP(1972)

Leslie Jacobson was a consultant physician in Zimbabwe. He was born in Bulawayo, in what was then Southern Rhodesia, where his father Maurice Jacobson was a merchant. He was educated at Chaplin High School in Gwelo, and then went on to Cape Town University, South Africa, to study medicine. He qualified in 1941. His house jobs were at Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town, in the departments of neurology, psychiatry and surgery.

During the latter half of the Second World War he served with the Southern Rhodesia Medical Corps, in the South Rhodesia Military Forces. After the war he continued his involvement in the army, serving in the Territorial Army.

Following demobilization he went to London on a Beit fellowship, and studied at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine. He was also a clinical assistant at several London hospitals, and was house physician at the Central Middlesex Hospital, under Horace Joules [Munk's Roll, Vol.VII, p.307].

In 1948 he returned to Africa, and joined the Government Medical Service in Southern Rhodesia. Three years later, in 1951, he entered private practice. He was an honorary consultant physician to the Bulawayo group of hospitals from 1954 and was a consultant physician in the medical department of Rhodesia Railways from 1957.

He published papers on Hurler's and Conn's syndromes, and on malignant phaeochromocytoma.

He was interested in social and community issues, and served as chairman of the Matabeleland branch of the British Red Cross for some years and as a member of the executive committee of the Rhodesia Council of Social Service. He was also a founder member and national chairman of the Rhodesia Association for the Prevention of Tuberculosis and was an associate founder of the College of Physicians, Surgeons and Gynaecologists of South Africa.

He married Betty Barrow in 1946 and they had one daughter. At the time of his election to the Fellowship of the College he listed his hobbies as swimming, reading, photography and collecting Rhodesiana.

RCP editor

(Volume XI, page 296)

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