Lives of the fellows

Michael Vernon Wells

b.22 April 1929 d.24 May 2007
MB BS Lond(1955) MRCP(1959) FRCP(1972)

Michael Vernon Wells was a consultant physician in Nottingham with an interest in endocrinology. He was born in Hassocks, Sussex, the son of Arthur Gilbert Wells, a monumental mason and letter cutter, and Dorothy Wells née Vernon, the daughter of a farmer. He was educated at Lewes County Grammar School for Boys, and then went straight from school into the Royal Navy to carry out his National Service. In 1949 he began studying medicine at Charing Cross Hospital Medical School, qualifying in 1955 and winning the Gordon Holmes prize in medicine in his final year.

He was a house physician at Putney Hospital and then a casualty officer at Charing Cross Hospital. In 1956 he became a senior house physician at Oldham Royal Infirmary, and then at St Margaret’s Hospital in Epping. From 1958 to 1960 he was a medical registrar at Derbyshire Royal Infirmary. He was then a research registrar at West London Hospital for a year.

In 1962 he became a senior registrar at Nottingham General Hospital. From 1963 to 1965 he was a senior registrar at Sheffield Royal Infirmary. He then became a consultant physician in Nottingham. Later in his career he was an internist in British Columbia, Canada, and a consultant physician in Saudi Arabia.

In 1962, with Thomas James Muckle, he described ‘Muckle-Wells syndrome’, a rare genetic disorder characterised by skin rash, fever, joint pain and progressive hearing loss and kidney damage (‘Urticaria, deafness and amyloidosis: a new heredo-familial syndrome.’ QJM. 1962;31:235-248).

Outside medicine he enjoyed walking, horse-riding, gardening and fishing.

In 1955 Wells married Doreen McCurdy Sponder. They had three daughters, Claire, Lizzie and Rosie.

Sarah Gillam

[Wikipedia ‘Muckle-Wells syndrome’ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muckle%E2%80%93Wells_syndrome – accessed 9 October 2014]

(Volume XII, page web)

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