Lives of the fellows

Wilfred James Hadley

b.28 March 1862 d.6 July 1944
MD Durh DPH Cantab LSA FRCS(1887) FRCP(1899)

Wilfred Hadley was born at Gloucester and educated at Queen’s College, Taunton. He studied medicine at the London Hospital, at Newcastle and, after qualifying in 1883, at Göttingen; he proceeded to the F.R.C.S. in 1887. He then held one junior appointment in St. Andrew’s Hospital, Northampton, and several at the London Hospital — including that of house physician to Sir Andrew Clark. In 1891 he was elected assistant physician to the City of London Hospital for Diseases of the Chest, where he had already served as pathologist for a year, and two years later received the same office at the London Hospital, where he was pathologist for several years. He was promoted to full physician at the former in 1903 and at the latter in 1904. In the 1914-1918 War he was attached to the Endsleigh Palace and Palace Green Hospitals for Officers, with the rank of captain in the R.A.M.C. With Clark and Arnold Chaplin, Hadley published a book on Fibroid Diseases of the Lung (1894), which became the standard work on the subject. He was a great admirer of Clark and based his teaching largely on Clark’s dicta. He himself was gifted with clinical sense and judgment of a high order and, sceptical of the value of modern aids, was at his best in the diagnosis of chest complaints by the classical sequence of inspection, palpation, percussion and auscultation. In his youth a fine rugby footballer and gymnast, he proved an equally competent golfer, fisherman and shot in later life. He married Mrs. Ernest Charrington, M.B.E., daughter of H. T. Wells, the artist, and had one daughter. He died at his home in Reigate.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1944; B.M.J., 1944]

(Volume IV, page 410)

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