Lives of the fellows

Donald Mackenzie Douglas

b.2 September 1916 d.11 January 1999
MB BS Lond(1940) MRCS LRCP(1940) MRCP(1947) DCH(1948) MD(1950) MRCP Edin(1957) FRCP Edin(1959) FRCP(1968)

Donald Mackenzie Douglas was a paediatrician at the Border Group of Hospitals, Scotland. He was born in Warminster, Wiltshire, the son of Mackenzie Douglas, an Edinburgh-educated pathologist. His mother was Challis Hilder née Ashford, the daughter of a farmer. He was educated at Merton Court School, Sidcup, Kent, and Merchant Taylors’ School, then at Charterhouse Square, London. He went on to study medicine in London, at Guy’s, qualifying in 1940.

In 1940 he held a house appointment at Guy’s Hospital, and then, in 1941, joined the RAF, serving first as unit medical officer at bomber command, and then as an acting squadron leader in medical services in India, from 1943 to 1946.

On demobilisation, he became an out-patient registrar for the Hospital for the Sick Children, Great Ormond Street, London. Two years later, in 1948, he was appointed as a physician at Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, a post he held until 1952, and at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children, Edinburgh. From 1950 he was a consultant paediatrician at the Border Group of Hospitals.

He wrote papers on, among other subjects, Hodgkin’s disease in childhood, hypoglycaemic convulsions, renal disease, meningitis and milk intolerance in children. He was an examiner for the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh, and for the universities of Edinburgh and Glasgow.

While at medical school, he was a keen sportsman, playing rugby for Guy’s Hospital and Kent, and becoming the half mile London University champion in 1936.

He married Una May née Morton, the daughter of a farmer, in 1946. They had a daughter, Ann, and a son, James.

RCP editor

[Proceedings Royal College of Phys of Edin, 1999, 29, 271]

(Volume XII, page web)

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