Lives of the fellows

Otto Jackson Kauffmann

b.1863 d.15 May 1934
MB Manch(1886) MB Lond(1886) MD Lond MRCS LSA FRCP(1910)

Owens College, Manchester, and St. Mary’s Hospital, London, gave Otto Kauffmann his medical education. He qualified in 1885 and took the M.B. degrees of both Universities a year later. Having filled resident posts at the Brompton Hospital, the Seamen’s Hospital, Greenwich, and Manchester Royal Infirmary, he was elected, in 1892, to the staff of the Queen’s Hospital, Birmingham, as physician for outpatients, becoming full physician in 1897 and consulting physician in 1923. From 1893 to 1897 he held the chair of pathology at Mason University College, and from 1913 to 1926 that of medicine in Birmingham University, being also chairman of the clinical board from 1922 to 1924. On his retirement he was created emeritus professor of medicine. During the 1914—1918 War he was attached to the 1st Southern General Hospital as a lieutenant-colonel in the R.A.M.C. Neurology and paediatrics were two of his specialities, and in 1900 he delivered the Ingleby lectures on Commoner Neuroses of Childhood. But he was in addition a brilliant clinical teacher and a man of all-round attainments in both professional and non-professional spheres. Hunting, yachting, playing the violin, and mathematics were some of his interests. Blessed with a keen intellect as well as a fine physique, he was a wide reader on many subjects, with a preference for Shakespeare and French and German literature. He married Rosalind, granddaughter of Mr. Justice Crumpton, and had two sons and a daughter. He died in his house at Edgbaston.

G H Brown

[Lancet, 1934; B.M.J., 1934]

(Volume IV, page 510)

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