Lives of the fellows

James Mackenzie Garvie

b.29 September 1917 d.7 September 2003
BM BCh Oxon(1943) MRCP(1949) DCH(1949) FRCP(1975)

James Mackenzie Garvie was a consultant paediatrician for the Walsall and West Bromwich area health authorities. He was born in Halifax, the son of Andrew Garvie, a general practitioner. Sir James Mackenzie [Munk’s Roll, Vol.IV, p.533], a leading London cardiologist and founder of the institute of clinical research at St Andrews, and Matthew Stewart [Munk’s Roll, Vol.V, p.396], professor of pathology at Leeds University, were both cousins of his parents. Garvie was educated at Fettes College in Edinburgh and then went to University College, Oxford, qualifying in 1943.

He held a house physician post in the children’s department, Radcliffe Infirmary, Oxford, and then joined the RAMC. He was officer in charge of a forward medical unit in Burma, and was demobilised in October 1946 as a lieutenant colonel.

He was an RMO in the department of child health, Sheffield, from 1949 to 1950, and then a senior registrar at the Children’s Hospital in Sheffield. In October 1951 he was appointed as a consultant paediatrician in Walsall and West Bromwich.

He wrote papers on, among other subjects, foetal cells in maternal circulation during pregnancy, congenital agammaglobulinaemia and Kugelberg-Welander syndrome.

In 1947 he married Kathleen Hope Wardlaw, the daughter of an engineer and planter in Malaya. They had one son and twin daughters.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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