Lives of the fellows

Lancelot Stephen Topham Burrell

b.1883 d.28 September 1938
MA MD Cantab MRCS LRCP(1908) FRCP(1924)

Born at Wimbledon, the son of Joseph A. Burrell, Lancelot Burrell went to Eton and Trinity College, Cambridge, for his education and did his clinical training at St. Thomas’s Hospital, obtaining the Conjoint diploma in 1908. After serving on the junior staff of his own Hospital, he went to the Brompton Hospital as physician to outpatients in 1913. Primarily an authority on chest diseases and an early advocate of artificial pneumothorax, he took up the additional appointment of assistant physician at the West London Hospital in 1921 in order to enlarge his experience of general medicine. This he resigned after five years on becoming lecturer on clinical medicine at the London School of Medicine for Women; in 1927 he was elected physician to the Royal Free Hospital. He also held appointments at the Midhurst, Ventnor and Benenden Sanatoria, the Papworth Village Settlement, the Lord Mayor Treloar Cripples’ Home, and, in the War of 1914-1918, at the Red Cross Fever Hospital at Calais. Mitchell Lecturer at the Royal College of Physicians in 1930, he examined both for the College and for Cambridge University. He edited the British Journal of Tuberculosis and was joint author, with W. J. Fenton, of a highly esteemed textbook, Diseases of the Chest (1930). Burrell himself, conciliatory by nature, was an unassuming, kindly, lovable man. He married Ruth, daughter of Dr. H. Rose Clarke, and had two daughters. He died in London.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1938; B.M.J., 1938]

(Volume IV, page 591)

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