Lives of the fellows

Donald Gavin Jamieson

b.5 June 1936 d.26 March 2010
MB ChB Aberd(1958) MRCP Edin(1963) MRCP(1965) FRCP Edin(1974) FRCP(1981)

Gavin Jamieson spent most of his working life in the West Midlands as a consultant neurologist serving several hospitals in Birmingham and in the wider West Midlands. He was born in Aberdeen, the son of Thomas Jamieson, a bank manager, and was educated at Aberdeen Grammar School. He then went on to medical school at Aberdeen University, graduating with commendation in 1958.

His initial training in general medicine was at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary. He then spent three years as a neurology registrar at the Midland Centre for Neurosurgery and Neurology at Smethwick in Birmingham. He was subsequently appointed as a senior registrar and a lecturer in neurology in Dundee.

In 1966 Jamieson was invited to apply for a consultant neurologist post in the West Midlands and, following his appointment, he returned to Birmingham in 1967.

By today’s standards Jamieson’s workload was immense. He undertook six out-patient clinics a week in up to eight hospitals widely scattered around the Midlands, from Good Hope Hospital in the north to Worcester in the south. In Birmingham he worked at the Midland Centre for Neurosurgery and Neurology, the Midland Eye Hospital, Dudley Road Hospital (now City Hospital) and, latterly, at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital. As a consequence he had wide experience of all aspects of neurology, something which would be impossible for one individual today. His duties are now covered by up to six neurologists.

He was a first class clinical neurologist, informed and meticulous, with an unusual ability to elicit obscure physical signs and to make diagnoses, in the first half of his career without the assistance of brain scans.

Jamieson was an able teacher of medical students and a mentor to many of the current consultant neurologists in the West Midlands.

Throughout his 37 years as a consultant he remained committed to his patients and dedicated to working with his colleagues in the NHS.

Jamieson’s Aberdonian wit and sense of humour, never malicious, was much appreciated by his colleagues. He had a wide circle of friends, medical and non-medical.

He was survived by his wife, Grace Kathleen Roslyn née McRae, known as ‘Ros’, a consultant psychiatrist, and their three children – Mandy, Tony and Andrew, and a grandson, George.

Alasdair Geddes

[The Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh – accessed 23 September 2011]

(Volume XII, page web)

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