b.23 July 1864 d.19 April 1925
MB ChB Liverp(1888) MD Manch MD Liverp MRCS FRCP(1908)
An apprentice joiner in early life, Robert Buchanan went on as a young man to study medicine at University College, Liverpool, where he won, among other honours, the Derby exhibition of 1888 and graduated as M.B, Ch.B, in the same year. He was a resident at Liverpool Royal Infirmary, and in 1895 was elected assistant physician to the Hospital for Consumption. He resigned after five years on becoming physician to the Stanley Hospital, which office in turn he relinquished in 1901, when he was appointed assistant physician to the Royal Infirmary; he was made full physician in 1909. At the University Buchanan rose from junior posts to become assistant lecturer on toxicology in 1905 and professor of forensic medicine and lecturer on clinical medicine in 1909. He published a Textbook on Forensic Medicine and Toxicology based on Husband’s Forensic Medicine, that achieved an eighth edition in 1915. During the Great War he served as a captain in the 1st Western General Hospital. In 1924 he retired from his chair and was appointed consulting physician to the Royal Infirmary, which, as he was proud to relate, he had helped to build in his youth. Among Buchanan’s many hobbies and interests were photography, painting, music and fishing. He was married and had two sons.
G H Brown
[Lancet, 1925; B.M.J., 1925; Presidential Address to R.C.P., 1926, 21]
(Volume IV, page 488)
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