Lives of the fellows

Michael Feiwel

b.27 March 1912 d.23 May 1999
BA MB BChir Cantab(1937) MRCP(1947) FRCP(1965)

Michael Feiwel was a consultant dermatologist at St Mary’s Hospital, London. He was born in Strasbourg, where his father, Berthold, was a journalist, author and banker. His mother was Esther née Schneerson, the daughter of a teacher. He was educated in London, at Griffin House and St Paul’s, and later went on to Cambridge and St Mary’s to study medicine. He gained first class honour in both parts of the natural science tripos.

He held house posts at St Mary’s and St James’ hospitals before the second world war. In 1940 he joined the Royal Army Medical Corps, serving with the Persian Iraq Forces in the 29th General Hospital in Tehran and the 34th Combined British and Indian Hospital in the Shaba Desert. He developed an interest in dermatology, and worked as a specialist for the 115 General Hospital as part of the British liberating army in north west Europe.

Following demobilization, he was appointed as a consultant at St Mary’s, and held sessions at other London hospitals, including St James’, Hackney Hospital and North Middlesex.

He was president of the Dermatology Society of St John’s Hospital for Diseases of the Skin and of the section of dermatology at the Royal Society of Medicine. He was an honorary member of the British Association of Dermatologists and a member of several overseas dermatological societies.

His research included work on the adverse effects of hydrocortisone on children’s skin. This proved a breakthrough in the treatment of eczema and other inflammatory disorders.

At the time of his election to the Fellowship of the College in 1965 he listed music, literature, the arts, travel, languages, history, sociology, biology and the natural sciences as his interests. He married Ada Louis Phelps (known as Penny), the daughter of a civil engineer, in 1938. They celebrated their diamond wedding anniversary shortly before he died.

RCP editor


(Volume XI, page 185)

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