b.11 April 1926 d.24 November 2011
MB BChir Cantab(1949) MRCP(1951) MD(1956) MRCP Edin(1969) FRCP(1972) FRCP Edin(1974)
Matthew Wilkinson was a consultant physician at Ninewells Hospital, Dundee. He was born in Bishop Auckland, the son of Stanley Wilkinson, a businessman, and Lorna Wilkinson née Liddle. Due to osteomyelitis, he was educated at home and later attended Bishop Auckland Grammar School. At the age of 17 he went to Cambridge University and then to St Bartholomew’s Hospital for his clinical studies. He qualified MB BChir in 1949.
He held house posts at Barts and St Helier Hospital, Carshalton, and was subsequently a senior house officer at Hammersmith Hospital. In 1952 he gained a Fulbright scholarship to go to San Francisco, where he was an associate in medicine at the University of California Hospital. Two years later he became a registrar at Hammersmith Hospital and in 1957 he was a medical tutor at Barts. In 1959 he was appointed as a senior registrar at Charing Cross Hospital.
He became a consultant physician at the Bridge of Earn Hospital, Dundee, in 1963, and in 1972 at Dundee Royal Infirmary. He later transferred to Ninewells Hospital. He set up and developed the specialist rheumatology service in Tayside. He cautioned against the use of new anti-rheumatic drugs until their adverse effects were more fully understood. He also helped to staff the new coronary care unit at Ninewells and was chairman of the division of medicine.
Outside medicine, he enjoyed playing the piano, repairing things, birdwatching and gardening. After retiring, he and his wife Barbara (née Lydford) travelled widely in the Europe, America and the Middle East.
He was survived by Barbara, their children, Claire, Andrew and Hilary, and by a grandson, Paul.
[Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh. Obituaries Dr Matthew Wilkinson, FRCP Edin. www.rcpe.ac.uk/obituary/dr-matthew-wilkinson-frcp-edin – accessed 9 August 2016]
(Volume XII, page web)
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