Lives of the fellows

Arthur Henderson Kitchin

b.27 May 1924 d.15 May 2012
MB Edin(1947) ChB Edin PhD Lond(1955) MRCP(Edin(1956) FRCP(1971)

Arthur Henderson Kitchin was a consultant physician at Western General Hospital, Edinburgh. Born in Edinburgh, he was the son of George Kitchin, a professor of Greek, and his wife, Elizabeth Arbuthnott Hunter née Park, whose father, William Rettie Park, was a farmer. Educated at Gillsand Park Preparatory School and George Watson’s Academy, he studied medicine at Edinburgh University and the Royal Infirmary, Edinburgh.

Qualifying in 1947, he studied for a PhD in London as a research fellow at the Sherringham School of Physiology at St Thomas’ Hospital, working with Henry Barcroft [Munk’s Roll, Vol.XI, p.37], the professor of physiology. He did house jobs at the Royal Postgraduate Medical School in Hammersmith in 1955 and then went to the USA five years later, as a research assistant to Jeremy Swan in the cardiac investigation department of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. In 1964 he was appointed consultant cardiologist at the Western General Hospital in Edinburgh. Following this, in 1970, he also became a part time senior lecturer in medicine at Edinburgh University.

In Edinburgh he developed the investigative skills he had learnt at the Mayo Clinic and anxious patients were soothed by his calm and skilful demeanour. He assisted his surgical colleagues by developing new methods of assessing mitral valve incompetence and jointly published some important new findings in topics such as the treatment of hypertension and calcification of the mitral valve.

Outside medicine he enjoyed studying history, literature and listening to music. When he retired he put his love of history to good use, becoming a tour guide at Lennoxlove House, a stately home in East Lothian.

RCP editor

[Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh Obituaries www.rcpe.ac.uk/obituary/dr-arthur-h-kitchin-frcp-edin - accessed 2 November 2015]

(Volume XII, page web)

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