Lives of the fellows

Anthony Neville Gordon Clark

b.21 May 1924 d.11 April 2006
MB ChB Leeds(1948) MD(1951) FRCP(1973)

Anthony Neville Gordon Clark, known as ‘Tony’, was a consultant physician in geriatric medicine at Brighton and Sussex hospitals. He was born in Leeds, the son of Cecil Henry Douglas Clark, a university lecturer, and Mabel Norah Clark née Armitage, the daughter of a civil servant. He studied medicine at Leeds, qualifying in 1948.

He served in the Royal Air Force during his National Service and spent part of the time in Aden, where he wrote his MD thesis on prickly heat.

Following his demobilisation, he worked at the General Infirmary at Leeds, as a registrar, and as an assistant physician at St James’s Hospital.

In 1958 he became a consultant physician in north Staffordshire. In 1967 he transferred to Sussex, where set up a new department of geriatric medicine in Brighton.

He published on many topics, but was best-known for his description of ‘Diogenes syndrome’ or extreme self-neglect and compulsive hoarding in the elderly (‘Diogenes syndrome. A clinical study of gross neglect in old age’ Lancet 1975 Feb 15;1[7903]:366-8).

In 1951 he married Charlotte Platts, whom he met while she was nursing his friend at Leeds General Infirmary. They had no children.

Outside medicine, he enjoyed salmon fishing and hoped to travel in his retirement. However, he suffered a stroke, and found himself increasingly reliant on Charlotte. She died in 2003. In 2006 he had a further stroke and died shortly after.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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