Lives of the fellows

Sydney Patrick Hall-Smith

b.5 September 1919 d.26 January 2002
MB ChB Edin(1942) MRCP Edin(1948) MD(1950) MRCP(1951) FRCP Edin(1963) FRCP(1969)

Sydney Patrick Hall-Smith was a dermatologist in Brighton. He was born in Croydon, Surrey, the son of a doctor. He qualified in Edinburgh in 1942 and received his MD in 1950.

During the Second World War he served in the Royal Army Medical Corps, stationed in France, Belgium and the Middle East. After the war he was appointed senior registrar at the London Hospital.

In 1951 he was appointed as a consultant dermatologist in Sussex. He was a peripatetic practitioner, operating from Brighton, Hastings and mid-Sussex between 1953 and 1970. Thereafter he worked as a full-time dermatologist to the people of Brighton.

He was co-author of Dermatology: current concepts and practice (Staples Press, London, 1964). He was chairman of the Brighton and mid-Sussex division of the BMA and a past president of the dermatology section of the RSM.

Patrick chaired a committee in the 1960s championing the cause of a medical school in Brighton, to be situated next door to the green field site of Sussex University. Patrick would have been pleased to see that Brighton has recently attained medical school status but would perhaps have disapproved of the decision to retain the hospital at the cramped Kemptown site.

He was a traveller who enjoyed skiing and golf. As a bon viveur he loved music, good food and fine wine. He had a firm philosophy for success in private practice, which he termed the three As: availability, ability and affability.

His wife Angela predeceased him. His two great loves were his family and dermatology. He leaves four children and seven grandchildren.

John Quin

[Brit.med.J., 2002,324,920]

(Volume XI, page 237)

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