Lives of the fellows

Douglas Simpson Harling

b.13 June 1919 d.31 December 2014
MB ChB Edin(1941) MRCP Edin(1948) MRCP(1949) MD(1958) DTM&H(1962) FRCP(1984)

Douglas Simpson Harling was a consultant geriatrician at St Luke’s Hospital, Huddersfield. He was born in Edinburgh, the son of Harry Simpson Harling, a medical practitioner. He attended George Watson’s Boys’ College in Edinburgh and went on to study medicine at Edinburgh University. He qualified in 1941.

He was a house surgeon at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh and then joined the RAMC as a regimental medical officer, serving from 1941 to 1945 with the Persia and Iraq Force and the Central Mediterranean Force.

Following his demobilisation, he returned to the Royal Infirmary in Edinburgh, where he was a house physician. He was then a medical registrar at Peel Hospital, Galashiels. From 1950 to 1958 he was a senior medical registrar at Derbyshire Royal Infirmary and, from 1958 to 1959, at Sheffield Royal Hospital.

In 1960 he joined the Medical Research Council’s laboratories in the Gambia, West Africa.

He returned to the UK after five years, as a medical assistant in geriatrics at Sunderland Hospital. In 1970 he was appointed to his post as a consultant geriatrician in Huddersfield. He wrote papers on health failure and peripheral oedema.

At the time of his election to the fellowship of the Royal College of Physicians in 1984, he listed reading socio-political history, stamp collecting and occasional golf as his interests.

In 1968 he married Helen Mavis Kemp. They had a daughter, Mary, a son, Michael, and two granddaughters, Anna and Katie.

RCP editor

(Volume XII, page web)

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