Lives of the fellows

Peter Derrick Moss

b.19 July 1913 d.?
MB ChB Liverp(1942) DCH(1947) MRCP(1948) FRCP(1972)

Peter Derrick Moss was a consultant paediatrician in Blackburn. Born in Wallasey, Cheshire, he was the son of George Thomas Moss, who was a fruit importer, and his wife, Ruth Strickland née Robinson, whose father, William Fearenside Robinson was a company director. He studied medicine at Liverpool University and Liverpool Royal Infirmary and qualified in 1942. After a house job at the Victoria Hospital in Liverpool, he joined the RAMC and served in Britain, East Africa, Ceylon, Burma and the Middle East from 1943 to 1946.

On demobilisation, he joined the staff of the Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital and then returned to the Royal Infirmary. Following this, in 1948, he spent a year at the Mill Road Maternity Hospital, Liverpool, before becoming a senior registrar at the Children’s Hospital. In 1950 he was appointed as a consultant paediatrician to the Blackburn Group of Hospitals.

He collaborated on the publication of various articles on subjects such as respiratory virus infection and outbreaks, locally, of poliomyelitis and tuberculosis. In 1966, jointly with C P McEvedy, he published ‘Epidemic of overbreathing among schoolgirls’ (Lancet, 1966, 2, 1295-300). This described an outbreak of what was, apparently, mass hysteria among teenage pupils at a large girl’s secondary school in Blackburn. When the news of the three separate outbreaks was reported in the national press there were two further occurrences in girl’s schools in Portsmouth and Wrexham.

Outside of medicine, he enjoyed fishing, golf, photography and bridge.

In 1941, he married Dorothy née Myers, the daughter of Francis Myers, a company director. They had a daughter and three sons. When he died, he was survived by Dorothy and their family.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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