Lives of the fellows

John Hugh Burkinshaw

b.3 September 1913 d.?
MRCS LRCP(1937) MB BChir Cantab(1939) MRCP(1947) FRCP(1969)

John Hugh Burkinshaw was a consultant paediatrician at St James’ Hospital, London, and Mayday Hospital, Croydon. He was born in Calcutta, India, the son of Henry Burkinshaw, a consulting engineer, and Gwenllean Mary Burkinshaw née Evans. He was educated at Farnborough School and Wellington College, and then went on to study medicine at Cambridge and the London Hospital. He qualified in 1937.

He held junior posts at the London Hospital, as a house physician in the children’s department and as an assistant in the department of morbid anatomy. In 1939 he was a house surgeon at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge.

During the Second World War he served as a surgeon lieutenant in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, in the Eastern Mediterranean and the Far East.

In 1947 he returned to London, as a registrar in the children’s department at West London Hospital and then as a registrar in the out-patients’ department at Great Ormond Street Hospital. In 1948 he was first assistant in the children’s department at St George’s Hospital and Victoria Hospital for Children, Tite Street.

In 1950 he was appointed as a consultant paediatrician at St James’ Hospital, Balham. In 1960 he added an appointment at Mayday Hospital, Croydon.

He wrote papers on head injuries in childhood, Cushing’s syndrome and myxoedema, goitre and nerve deafness, among other subjects. He was also the author of Your book of the human body (London, Faber and Faber, 1961).

Outside medicine he enjoyed music, particularly the violin, sailing and the cinema. In 1940 he married Margaret Helen Spencer, the daughter of a telecommunications engineer. They had two sons.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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